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  • » 02/17/2010, 00.00

    IRAQ

    In Mosul, 20-year-old student killed, for Christians it is like Good Friday



    The bullet-ridden body of Wissam Georges is found in Wadi Al-ayn neighbourhood. The young man vanished early in the morning, on his way to school. His murder is the fourth killing targeting Christians in three days. For Mosul Christians, the city has “become immured to this tragedy”.
    Mosul (AsiaNews) – Wissam Georges, a 20-year-old Christian student, was killed today in Mosul, northern Iraq, this according to local police who found his bullet-ridden body. His death is the fourth targeted murder in three days against the Christian community. Among Christians, the assassinations are seen as “a real massacre, like Good Friday.” The city itself has become “immured to this tragedy.”

    Police found the young man in the residential neighbourhood of Wadi Al-ayn, the same where an attack was perpetrated against a Chaldean Church. His body was riddled with bullets, a local source said.

    Wissam Georges, 20, was studying to be a teacher. He had disappeared in the early morning on his way from Madida in north-west Mosul to the teachers college where he was taking a course to upgrade his training.  

    This is the fourth murder targeting the Christian community in three days, a real massacre, according to a source that spoke to AsiaNews on condition of anonymity.  “It is like Good Friday, with no end in sight.”

    “We have been abandoned by everybody,” he added. “It is as if the city has become used to this endless tragedy.” (DS)

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