01/26/2010, 00.00
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Young man wounded in new anti-Christian attack in Mosul

Sources tell AsiaNews that the anti-Christian “persecution continues amid general indifference”. They say, “Christians live in panic” and want to leave the city, convinced that the attackers “are not ordinary criminals”. For them, the attacks hide “clear political plans”.

Mosul (AsiaNews) – Christians continue to be the target of attacks in Mosul. This afternoon, two stores, one owned by a Christian, the other by a Yazidi, were attacked. Raghid Sabah Tobia, the young Christian storeowner, was badly wounded and is now in hospital.

Raghid’s shop is not far from a Chaldean church, in the Dawassa neighbourhood. The other shop is in the same neighbourhood, but near the Syro-Catholic chapel of Qasr al Mutran.

Sources that wanted their identity protected for security reasons told AsiaNews that the anti-Christian “persecution continues amid general indifference.”

They noted that “Christians live in panic” and want to leave the city, and are convinced that the attackers “are not ordinary criminals”.

In their view, the attacks hide “clear political plans” that the government is not countering.

In Baghdad, no one is saying, “who might be behind the attacks against churches and Christians.”

One source is actually certain that the central government, the Mosul Governatorate and Kurdish leaders are aware of a plan against the Christian community.
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