BANGUI — A 77-year-old French-Spanish nun killed in the Central African Republic, where she taught sewing to poor girls and women.
The attackers broke into her room on the night between Sunday and Monday and took her to the centre she was running for the young girls, where they beheaded her. The body of sister Ines Nieves Sancho found beheaded early Monday in the village of Nola.
Local authorities condemned the killing, but they indicated that it might not be connected to the sectarian bloodshed between militia groups. The reason for the attack is unclear.
A local member of parliament said that this brutal murder could be linked to trafficking in human organs.
“Elsewhere it is the rebels who murder, but in Nola people kill to become wealthy,” an official Jean-Marc Ndoukou said.
Ndoukou pledged that the attackers would not go unpunished, and also the nation’s parliament called for an investigation.
On Wednesday, Pope Francis led tens of thousands of men and women in prayer for Nieves Sancho, saying she was”barbarously murdered” in the area where she taught. The Vatican said she’d worked with the poor for decades.
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