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Nun killed, 13 hurt in Caribbean church attack
    Machete-wielding men stormed a Catholic church Sunday, hacked at worshippers and set some on fire, killing an Irish nun and injuring at least 13 others in the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia.
    More than 400 people were attending Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in the capital of Castries, with many lined up to receive Communion, when several attackers entered the church, police said.
    One of the men doused worshippers with what appeared to be kerosene or gasoline, while another used a blowtorch to set them on fire, witnesses said. The men burned the carpet running down the center aisle.
    The attackers then made their way to the altar, where they set fire to the priest, Fr Charles Gaillard. Gaillard was listed in serious condition with severe burns.
    Police identified the nun who died as Sister Theresa Egan, 72, of Ireland.
    Witnesses said she was hacked with a machete and died in a pool of blood. At least 13 people were hospitalised, police said.
   
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