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Nuns Murdered: Three Italian Sisters Found Slain in Burundi

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 06:14 AM

Two suspects were detained for questioning after the bodies of three slain Italian nuns were found over the weekend in a parish in the north of Burundi's capital.

Reuters reported Father Mario Pulicini, responsible for the parish in a northern suburb of Bujumbura, as naming two of the nuns as Lucia Pulici, who was 75 and due to celebrate her birthday on Monday, and Olga Raschietti, 82. He said they were found dead in their dormitory on Sunday.

The third nun, 79-year-old Bernadetta Boggian, was found early on Monday morning, he said, adding that the killings appeared to happen at two separate times.

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"It is very difficult to know the reason behind the killing, but nothing can justify it," Father Mario said.

Italy's Foreign Ministry also reported the three deaths.

The Catholic diocese in Parma, Italy, said on its website that the death of Pulici and Raschietti appeared to have been "the tragic outcome of an armed robbery by a mentally unbalanced person".

Those two nuns had served in Burundi for seven years, after working several years in the east of another central African state, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Two suspects were detained for questioning after the bodies of three slain Italian nuns were found over the weekend in a parish in the north of Burundi's capital.
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