A Comboni nun was killed in the attack in a mission in the city of Chipene in the province of Nampula in northern Mozambique, which took place on the night between September 6 and 7. Sister Maria De Coppi, an 84-year-old Combonian nun from Santa Lucia di Piave was killed in the attack. The nun had been in Mozambique since 1963.
According to reports sent to Agenzia Fides, the attackers destroyed the mission structures, including the church, the hospital and the primary, and secondary school. Sister Maria was hit by a bullet in the head as she tried to reach the dormitory where the few remaining students were staying. Two missionaries from Concordia-Pordenone diocese managed to get away, namely Fr. Loris Vignandel, 45, from Corva and former parish priest of Chions (Pordenone) and Fr. Lorenzo Barro, who was rector of the diocesan seminary of the city of Destra Tagliamento.
"Sister Maria's fellow nuns have set off to reach Chipene and take her body to bury it in another mission", says to Agenzia Fides His Exc. Mgr. Inacio Saure, Archbishop of Nampula. On the identity of those who perpetrated the attack, Msgr. Suare reports that "we are not sure if they are terrorists even though it is very likely that they were the ones who attacked the mission".