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Sep 17, 4:31 PM EDT

 

Italian Nun Slain by Somali Gunmen

 

By MOHAMED SHEIKH NOR

Associated Press Writer

 

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- An elderly Italian nun who devoted her life to helping the sick in Africa was shot dead by two gunmen at a hospital Sunday in an attack possibly linked to worldwide Muslim anger toward Pope Benedict XVI.

 

Sister Leonella, 65, was shot in the back four times by pistol-wielding attackers as she left the Austrian-run S.O.S. hospital at lunch time after finishing nursing school for trainee medics. Her bodyguard was also slain.

 

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, which came just hours after a leading Somali cleric condemned the pope's remarks last week on Islam and violence.

 

The head of security for the Islamic militia that controls much of southern Somalia, Yusuf Mohamed Siad, said one man had been arrested and the second was being hunted. He said the killing might have stemmed from the uproar over the pope but stressed he didn't know for sure.

 

"They could be people annoyed by the pope's speech, which angered all Muslims in the world, or they could have been having something to do with S.O.S.," he said. "We will have to clarify this through our investigation."

 

The Vatican called the killing a "horrible episode," and Italian President Giorgio Napolitano denounced it as a "horrendous crime."

 

"A woman who had dedicated her life to the service of the weakest, the most defenseless and the neediest, beyond any ethnic or religious distinction, has been hit," Napolitano said.

 

Sister Leonella, whose birth name was Rosa Sgorbati, had lived and worked in Kenya and Somalia for 38 years, her family said.

 

 

A doctor at the hospital, who would give his name only as Dr. Teckle, said she helped to teach and to look after children. "She was a dedicated and organized teacher," he said.

 

Her body was flown to Nairobi, Kenya, before being returned to Italy, he said.

 

Like many foreigners, Sister Leonella traveled with a bodyguard in this Horn of Africa nation, which slid into chaos after warlords overthrew Somalia's longtime dictator in 1991. A Swedish journalist, Martin Adler, was shot dead in June during a demonstration in Mogadishu.

 

An Islamic militia seized control of Mogadishu in recent months and has extended its control over much of southern Somalia, challenging a weak, U.N.-backed interim government that hasn't been able to exert any power outside its base in Baidoa, 150 miles from the capital.

 

The militia has imposed strict religious rule in the areas under its sway, and its Islamic courts are credited with bringing a semblance of order, but many in the West fear a Taliban-style regime could emerge.

 

Several witnesses to Sunday's shooting speculated it was tied to the furor over Benedict's discussion last week, which included quoting a 14th century text that called some of Prophet Muhammad's teachings as "evil and inhuman."

 

"I am sure the killers were angered by the pope's speech in which he attacked our prophet," said Ashe Ahmed Ali, who was among those who saw the nun shot down at the hospital's entrance.

 

Earlier in the day, a leading Muslim cleric in Somalia had condemned the pope for offending Muslims.

 

"The pope's statement at this time was not only wrong but irresponsible as well," said Sheik Nor Barud, deputy leader of the Somali Muslim Scholars Association.

 

In Italy, Benedict said Sunday he was "deeply sorry" that his speech last week offended Muslims, saying the words he quoted about Muhammad did not reflect his personal opinion.

 

Vatican officials said they hoped the pontiff's explanation would head off further violence.

 

"Let us hope that the words, so clear, of the pope today are enough to placate this wave (of violence) that goes beyond any reasonable sense," Cardinal Paul Poupard of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue told SKY TG 24 TV.

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This is a shocking and disgusting act!!

 

Hopefully the Italian public will now prove to their somali/muslim squatters that muslims are not the only ones capable of "an angry reaction".

No calls for apologies or diplomacy, just swift bloodthirsty revenge. I'm sure the muslims will appreciate the Islamic tendencies of the backlash they will receive.

The recent burning of effigies, shooting of a pious woman and firebombing of churches should be answered in a reciprocal fashion.

The Italian premier can then simply wash his hands of the incidents and claim these people are not really italians, because italians don't do that. It's a tried and tested method utilised by corrosive muslims for years.

 

Deploy helicopter gunships to patrol the med, with orders to shoot on sight any boat suspected of ferrying this Islamic human misery to civilised shores. Let them rot in their Islamic paradise.

The Canary Islands would also benefit from such measures.

 

The best thing we could do with this scum would be to validate their victim status, and give them something genuine to complain about.

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The best thing we could do with this scum would be to validate their victim status, and give them something genuine to complain about.

 

Thanks Fear of Flying for your Islamophobic rambling... :D

 

This is a shocking and disgusting act!!

 

This I agree with... and the assailants have been caught and apprehended by the Union of Islamic Courts in Mogadishu, Somalia. Another one of the perpetrators is being hunted.

 

SOMALIA: Three arrested over nun's killing

 

NAIROBI, 18 September (IRIN) - The Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), which controls the Somali capital, Mogadishu, has arrested three men in connection with the killing on Sunday of an Italian nun working at a hospital in the south of the city, a security official said.

 

"We have three men in custody; one is a suspect in the killing and two are being held as witnesses," Sheikh Yusuf Mohamed Siad, the UIC security chief, said on Monday from Mogadishu.

 

He said security forces were hunting for a "second gunman who is suspected of involvement in the killing".

 

Unidentified gunmen shot Sister Leonella Sgorbati as she left the Austrian-funded SOS Hospital for her home across the street. They also shot her bodyguard, who died instantly, while "the sister died shortly in surgery from her wounds", a doctor, who declined to be named, said.

 

Sister Sgorbati was in charge of the school for orphans run by the SOS in the hospital compound.

 

"She was a kind, compassionate woman, someone who was very close to her students," Asha Abdi Dini, who knew the nun, said. "She loved the Somali people and dedicated her life to them. She will be missed by all of us who knew her and worked with her."

 

Sister Sgorbati had been in Somalia for the past five years and spoke fluent Somali, Dini said.

 

The UIC has condemned the killings and sent condolences to the families of Sister Sgorbati and her bodyguard.

 

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this criminal act," Shaykh Abdulkadir Ali, UIC vice-chairman, said. "We view it as a direct attack on the Somali people. She was here to help the Somali people."

 

The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, François Fall, also condemned the assassination. "The taking of innocent civilian lives is unacceptable," he said. "Sister Leonella Sgorbati had worked in east Africa for about 38 years. She contributed much to the needs of the population, especially children in the Somali capital."

 

Witnesses said Sister Sgorbati was shot four times in the back as she walked from the hospital to her home.

 

Sheikh Siad said the motive for killing remained unclear but believed it was intended to "make the courts look bad".

 

He added, "We have our suspicions but until we complete our investigation we cannot say for sure what the motive was."

 

The UIC has been in control of much of southern Somalia, including the capital, since 4 June when it drove out a group of faction leaders who had controlled Mogadishu since 1991 when the administration of Muhammad Siyad Barre was toppled.

 

The UIC has vowed to restore order in Somalia and has started creating Islamic courts in the areas it controls.

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:D

A truly messed up thing to happen. I hope and pray that the people responsible are caught, strung up and/or shot. In any case what's waiting for them in the hereafter aint gonna be pretty.

:D

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:D and Peace,

 

:D Just an awful act that is to be condemned by all muslims. This is unacceptable. It makes me cry. :D I hope they find the people who did this and they are executed. To all non-muslims on the board, please, don't paint us with the same brush. This is not our religion, and anyone who does something this barbaric is a disgrace. Burning effigies? Killing nuns? :D

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:D and Peace,

 

:D Just an awful act that is to be condemned by all muslims. This is unacceptable. It makes me cry. :D I hope they find the people who did this and they are executed. To all non-muslims on the board, please, don't paint us with the same brush. This is not our religion, and anyone who does something this barbaric is a disgrace. Burning effigies? Killing nuns? :D

Salam,

 

Those people responsible for the killing should be punished with the heaviest punishment. Islamic syaria punishment would do.

 

Wassalam

Yasnov

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Peace,

 

A very sad and horrible thing to happen. :D

 

Muslims do not condone this at all.

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