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Bandits hold up Mother Teresa successor

Sister Nirmala, who succeeded Mother Teresa as superior-general of the Missionaries of Charity, was robbed on Saturday by bandits during a tour of rural areas in eastern India.

Sister Nirmala was visiting centers run by the congregation in Jharkhand state when about two dozen bandits began stopping buses and cars and robbing people, said Inspector-General Rajiv Kumar, the state's police chief, according to the Associated Press.

Several priests and nuns were accompanying the nun, a newspaper in Calcutta reported.

Paramilitary soldiers chased the bandits through dense forests and opened fire. Two of the attackers were injured but managed to escape.

The congregation said Sister Nirmala was unhurt.

Mother Teresa's Successor Robbed by Bandits (Zenit 22/2/04)

No arrests yet in Sister Nirmala case (Times of India 23/2/04)
Mother Teresa's successor caught up in robbery (Reuters/Yahoo 22/2/04)
Mother Teresa's successor robbed (Catholic World News 23/2/04)
Sr Nirmala Joshi of the Missionaries of Charity (EWTN)
Indian-born nun to succeed Mother Teresa (CNN 13/3/97)

24 Feb 2004