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Another killing in Mosul: violence against Iraqi Christians continues

January 12, 2010

A Christian merchant was shot and killed, execution-style, outside his home in Mosul, as the campaign of “ethnic and religious cleansing” directed at Christians there continues. Hikmat Sleiman was killed by gunmen who were waiting for him when he returned home from the grocery store he operated.

Since the beginning of December, six Christian churches and a convent in Mosul have been bombed, and a number of Christian homes destroyed. In addition to the people killed by the blasts, two men have now been the victims of calculated murders, and two Christians have been kidnapped. Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk has warned that a campaign of “ethnic and religious cleansing” is underway in the region.


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