Three Italian Nuns Murdered at a Convent in Burundi, Police Says

Three Italian nuns were sexually assaulted and murdered at a convent on the outskirts of the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, said police spokesman Hermes Harimenshi.

There was no sign of forced entry and nothing was stolen, Harimenshi said. Authorities in the East African nation have arrested two people in connection with the attack, he told reporters today in the city.

Two of the victims, in their 70s and 80s, were killed yesterday afternoon. The third, whose age is unknown, was murdered at about 3 a.m. today after coming back from the mortuary where her friends had been taken, Harimenshi said. One of the nuns had been hit in the head with a rock.

In 2011, a Croatian nun and an Italian doctor were killed at a Catholic Church-run hospital in northern Burundi.

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