Gunmen Attack Armenian and Chaldean Churches in Mosul

December 14 2004 at 1:21 AM

NB: the statement "Armenian Christians in Iraq number only a few thousand" must be one of the most inacurate bits of reporting ever said about Iraq. (And for Iraq that is saying something!) Or maybe the reporter is seeing Bush's ideal Iraq 2 years from now.


Gunmen Attack Armenian, Chaldean Churches in Mosul

MOSUL (AFP/Reuters)--Two churches in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul came
under simultaneous attack, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.
Gunmen stormed into the city's Chaldean and Armenian churches in the latest
attacks on Iraq minority Christian community, witnesses and clerics said
"Gunmen entered the church at about 4:30 p.m. They gathered those present in
one room and planted explosive charges in different parts of the building,"
said Father Raghid Aziz Kara at the Chaldean church.
"We were then taken outside and the armed men set off the devices. We heard
three blasts," he told AFP outside the church which was set ablaze.
At the same moment, gunmen attacked an Armenian church, forcing out a
guard and two other people inside the building, the guard said, adding: "I
heard two explosions."
Smoke poured from the Armenian church and flames could be seen inside the
Chaldean church, Reuters reporters said. It was not clear how many people had
been in the churches when they were attacked but the number was apparently not
Mosul, with a population of 1.2 million, is home to many of Iraq's
who make up about three percent of the national population.
The Chaldean church, one of the largest in Mosul, was built in the 1950s and
enlarged four decades later.
The Chaldeans, whose 600,000 people represent the majority of Christians in
Iraq, are an oriental rite Catholic community.
Armenian Christians in Iraq number only a few thousand.
On November 8, at least three people were killed and 45 wounded when two
suspected car bombs exploded within minutes of each other outside two churches
in southern Baghdad.
In a coordinated assault on August 1, six car bombs killed 10 people and
injured 50 others outside churches in Baghdad and Mosul.

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