Robbers attack missionary nuns in Bangladesh

March 4, 2018 by  
Filed under Asia, newsletter-asia

Dhaka, February 28, 2018: A group of robbers attacked two missionary nuns in northeast Bangladesh on Feb. 26 and made off with a large sum of money the nuns were carrying for an orphanage they help run.

Sister Madeline and Sister Venesa from the Missionaries of Charity congregation were traveling to the Home of Mercy orphanage by auto rickshaw in the Kulaura area of Moulvibazar district from a bank.

They had 100,000 taka (US$1,200) in cash collected as donations for charity work. The average monthly wage in Bangladesh is about $US134 according to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

Four people, riding two motorbikes, blocked their vehicle and ordered the nuns to hand over the money. They stabbed Sister Madeline in the left hand when the nuns refused and fled with the cash.

“Sister Madeline had serious wounds to her left hand. We have not filed any case yet, but we have informed local police verbally,” Oblate Father Robi Robert Rozario, parish priest of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kulaura told ucanews.

Shamim Musa, the Kulaura police station chief said police were investigating the incident.

“Recently, we have seen a surge in muggings in the area and we suspect the attack on the nuns was another example. Although no formal case has been filed, we are investigating and trying to arrest the culprits,” he told ucanews.

– ucan

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