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Jihadists raze Catholic convent in Mosul

November 25, 2014

Islamic State fighters have blown up a Catholic convent in Mosul, Iraq, the AsiaNews service reports.

The convent had housed the Chaldean Catholic Sisters of the Sacred Heart, who had worked with the poor and elderly in Mosul. Since the takeover of the city by the Islamic State, the sisters had been evicted and the building had been used as a lodging for jihadists.

AsiaNews reports that the Islamic State apparently decided to demolish the building because it had been a prominent symbol of Christianity in the city, with a cross on a spire high above the roof.

Residents of the neighborhood were warned before demolition, and there were no injuries reported. The St. Georgis monastery nearby remains intact.

 


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