Italian nun aidworker and bodyguard killed in Somalia after Imam tells Muslims "to hunt down and kill whoever offended...Mohammed"
Nun in her seventies shut in the back by two gunmen who fled after killing her and a bodyguard
La Farnesina conferma la morte della religiosa che apparteneva a un gruppo di tre suore delle Missionarie della Consolata, da anni impegnate a Mogadiscio. La suora uccisa lavorava nell'ospedale Sos Kinderdorf della capitale somala: lo ha riferito ad Apcom l'inviato speciale dell'Italia per la Somalia, Mario Raffaelli. «Pare che uno degli assassini sia stato catturato», ha aggiunto il rappresentante italiano, precisando di essere ancora impegnato a verificare la notizia..
Two gunmen killed the nun who was part of a group of 3 nuns who were part of the Mission of Consolation in Mogadishu. The sister was working at the Hospital SOS Childrens Village in the capitol Somalia.http://www.lastampa.it/redazione/cmsSezioni/esteri/200609articoli/10886girata.asp
Sister Leonella, 65, a nun who devoted her life to helping ill people in Africa, used to joke there was a bullet with her name engraved on it in Somalia. When the bullet came, she used her last breaths to forgive those responsible.
"I forgive, I forgive," she whispered in her native Italian just before she died Sunday in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, the Rev. Maloba Wesonga told the Associated Press at the nun's memorial mass Monday in Nairobi, Kenya
The attack by two gunmen was not random and could have been a result of the Muslim anger over remarks by Pope Benedict XVI linking Islam and violence, said Willy Huber, regional head of the Austrian-financed hospital where the Roman Catholic nun worked.
But Abdurahman Mohamed Farah, deputy leader of the Islamic militia, disputed that, blaming it instead on Somali warlords who were driven out of Mogadishu in June.
Sist Leonella, whose birth name was Rosa Sgorbati, had lived and worked in Kenya and Somalia for 38 years. Her bodyguard also was slain.