The home is located in the Sheikh Osman district in Aden.
On Saturday, gunmen opened fire at a police patrol in Aden, killing two policemen, a security official said.
Four nuns from the Calcutta-headquartered Missionaries of Charity, including one from India, were killed today in a terror attack at a home for the elderly in the southern Yemen port town of Aden.
The killing spree began with two gunmen who first surrounded the home for the elderly in Aden.
The gunmen then moved from room to room, handcuffing the victims before shooting them in the head. Among the other victims were six Ethiopians, one Yemeni cook, and Yemeni guards, the Associated Press reported. Khaled Haidar, who reached the facility after the incident said that he counted sixteen bodies, including that of his brother, Radwan. Nuns from the organisation were previously targeted in Yemen in 1998, when gunmen killed three nuns in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida. She also said the nurses stayed back in Yemen, ignoring advisories by the government.
“Consequent upon successful completion of Operation Rahat, it has been made a decision to relocate the camp office of embassy of lndia in Sanaa, Yemen in Djibouti, to the headquarters of the ministry of external affairs in New Delhi“, the foreign office said in a statement.
The dead nurses were Indian nuns, the officials said, adding that the rest of those killed were Yemenis working at the home.
“There was no trace of these groups, which go under the name of the Islamic State or (its Arabic acronym) Daesh” when pro-government forces were battling the Houthi rebels and their allies to push them out of Aden past year, the source said, accusing them of “switching roles” with the Iran-backed rebels.
Around 80 elderly people had been living at the home, run by Missionaries of Charity. The northern region, where Shiite rebels are in control, has been struck by an extensive air campaign by a Saudi-led coalition.
The latest attack comes with Yemen’s internationally recognised government grappling with an Iranbacked rebellion and a growing jihadist presence.
One official said the attackers were “extremists” and blamed the Islamic State group, which has been gaining ground in Aden in recent months.