Gunmen opened fire on Yemeni elder care home, 16 killed

Published March 4th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Loyalist forces to embattled President Hadi examine the aftermath of the attack on an elderly care home in Aden. (AFP/Saleh Al-Obeidi)
Loyalist forces to embattled President Hadi examine the aftermath of the attack on an elderly care home in Aden. (AFP/Saleh Al-Obeidi)

 AFP reports that 16 people were killed on Friday when gunmen opened fire at an elderly care facility in the Yemeni port city of Aden.

Four gunmen entered the facility, killed the guard, and then tied up and executed the employees, according to AFP. Four of the slain were Indian nuns attending to the patients as nurses.

Yemeni officials are saying the attack was conducted by Daesh, which has shown an increased presence in Aden in recent months. However, neither Daesh nor any other militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Aden is functioning as Yemen's temporary capital, as Houthi rebels have controlled Sanaa since September 2014.

While there is an ongoing conflict in Yemen between embattled President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the Houthi rebels, direct on-ground attacks on civilians is very rare. However, Saudi-backed airstrikes have hit civilian targets in Sanaa and Taiz on multiple occasions.

Daesh and Al-Qaeda have a growing presence in the turblent country. On Monday, a suicide car bombing in Aden, targeting pro-Hadi forces, killed at least four people. Another suicide bombing in February killed 14 loyalist soldiers. Daesh claimed both attacks.

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