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Christian woman shot dead in Baghdad

2011-01-03 12:28

Baghdad - Gunmen broke into the home of a Christian woman in central Baghdad on Monday, shot her dead and made off with a number of her possessions, an Iraqi interior ministry official said.

Rafah Toma, who lived alone in al-Wahda neighbourhood, is the latest victim of a string of attacks on Christians in Iraq, with the official saying she was likely targeted because of her religion.

On Thursday, at least two Christians were killed and 16 others wounded in a wave of bomb attacks on Christian targets in Baghdad.

On October 31, militants stormed Our Lady of Salvation church in central Baghdad, leaving 44 worshippers, two priests and seven security force personnel dead, in an attack claimed by al-Qaeda's local affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq.

The group said it carried out the attack because two women who allegedly converted to Islam were being held hostage by Egypt's Coptic Church, and threatened Christians in the region, including in Egypt.

Ten days after the church massacre, a string of bomb and mortar attacks targeting the homes of Christians in Baghdad killed six people and wounded 33.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who was approved by parliament for a second term along with a national unity cabinet on December 21 after more than nine months of political deadlock, has cited security as one of his priorities.

Maliki has condemned as an "awful crime" the bombing of a church in the Egyptian city of Alexandria early on Saturday which killed 21 people and wounded 79.

There has been no early claim of responsibility for the bombing.

Comments
  • wesleywt - 2011-01-03 12:59

    Backward Backward people. They are still stuck in the middle ages.

      Fazil - 2011-01-03 14:18

      We do not know the facts of this matter. As for being stuck in the Middle Ages...Remember Iraq was the cradle of civilisation. Th equestion you should be asking is " what went wrong to cause this blood-letting"

      Ateis - 2011-01-03 14:40

      @Fazil "was" the cradle of civilisation, the emphasis being on past tense. Why is that? What happened?

      Fazil - 2011-01-03 20:03

      @Ateis If it was then then it must have been light years ahead of our own understanding currently!

      Ateis - 2011-01-04 08:52

      @Fazil You are missing the point - why is the middle east in such a state?

  • Kikr - 2011-01-03 13:38

    Sad that this had to happen. This is what super power intervention has done. Turning people on people!!!

      Ateis - 2011-01-04 08:55

      And how is this due to super power intervention?

  • Ateis - 2011-01-03 13:48

    What the *** was she doing in a muslim country? Ban religion, the problems will end

      Radius - 2011-01-03 14:06

      You're not very bright ateis, are you? Obviously she was a local Iraqi woman. It's her country and she has a right to stay there.

      Liesbet - 2011-01-03 14:20

      @Radius.... couldn't help to find myself laughing... Mr Ateis should rather channel his anger towards... eh.. Mugabe... that's a good start.

      William - 2011-01-03 14:21

      Ban Religion? Yeah that must be the answer cause Religion is the reason for the hate that these people are portraying. Please Please for the love of God and everything that is right and good buy a New Testament and read it and see with your own eyes what it propagates and teaches..Peace Not war love for enemies not killing them..Then you go buy a Quran and read it and read the part where it says to fight the infidel i.e. the one who does not believe in Islam i.e.Christians until they all bow down to Allah, (Surah 8:39). After you have read the evidence i hope you'll be able to see that it is not religion or Christianity that is the problem but Christian hating religions like Islam as well as Atheism.

      Fazil - 2011-01-03 14:21

      Do you truly believe Religion to be the problem or are there other factors that causes sectarian strife. In SA, did we have a religious problem or a racial problem?

      Ateis - 2011-01-03 14:28

      Ag shame, Radius... resorting to a personal attack? You are missing the point - religion is the root of the problem here

      Ozymandios - 2011-01-03 14:36

      But Islam is not a religion its an ideology!!! How's that for a really good firecracker to get the debate heated up.

      Ateis - 2011-01-03 14:39

      @William typical, only read the NT? This is when your jewish zombie said the laws of the OT are still valid? @Fazil Apartheid was tightly integrated with the dutch reformed church and the view of the afrikaner that they are the "lost" tribe of israel. @Liesbet You find yourself laughing, hmmm, so you disagree that this killing was due to religion - muslim vs christian?

      Radius - 2011-01-03 15:06

      Mmmmm.....Religion was banned in Russia under Lenin. Genocide followed with Stalin (an ateis) killing 40 million people. Maybe that was not the problem Ateis.

      Ateis - 2011-01-03 15:13

      And Stalin also had a moustache? What is your point? Stalin did not kill because of his atheism?

      Ateis - 2011-01-03 15:15

      Out of the article: " with the official saying she was likely targeted because of her religion." "The group said it carried out the attack because two women who allegedly converted to Islam were being held hostage by Egypt's Coptic Church, and threatened Christians in the region, including in Egypt." But you think it was something else? Pray tell, what is your theory then?

      Radius - 2011-01-03 16:03

      Let me refresh your memory. You said '..ban religion, the problems will end.' My point is that is exactly what was done in Russia, but their problems did not end. They ended up with an atheist leader who killed 40 million people. Stalin believed there is no God and he is not accountable to anyone, then it is easy to commit genocide.

      Fazil - 2011-01-03 20:06

      @William, I have travelled to the MEast and have only seen harmony amongst the various sectarian groups. What are the chances that 'agent provocoteurs" like those from America could be involved in something as dastardly as this event.

      Ateis - 2011-01-04 08:43

      @Radius There is not one shred of evidence that Stalin killed because he was an atheist. Hitler was a roman catholic - so is that why he killed 6 million jews? This is a CLEAR CASE where religion was involved - how can you try talk past that? @Fazil "I have travelled to the MEast and have only seen harmony amongst the various sectarian groups" Various muslim groups I presume? And usually with Shariah law so you don't really get free speech? And really, paranoia about the USA's involvement in everything, you gotta be kidding

      Ateis - 2011-01-04 08:46

      @Radius You really amaze me - you start off with a personal attack "You're not very bright ateis, are you?" - do you have anything constructive to offer to this debate? We are not on the primary school's jungle gym where if you don't agree you start calling the other names.

  • xraya4t - 2011-01-03 14:28

    Sounds like straight robbery to me. The only reason it makes international news is because the woman was Christian. What I'd like to know is how many people are robbed and killed each month in Baghdad.

  • Jakob - 2011-01-03 17:23

    LOL... seriously.. 1 chrisian.. after the thousands of iraq's they killed? get over urselfs... we all know who the true evil is..

  • Jakob - 2011-01-03 17:30

    LOL.. seriously.. 1 chris follower.. after the thousands of iraq's they killed 4 oil? get over yourself. . we all know who the true evil is here... lookin 4 weapons of mass destruction... ya right... stop being retarded, let me go to hollywood and kill all the whores there, that wud bring me great satisfaction ... but actually im only coming there to help USA.. and not even gonna start on the pope and his pedo friends...

      Ateis - 2011-01-04 08:49

      Let me guess, you are a muslim? "let me go to hollywood and kill all the whores there, that wud bring me great satisfaction" ??? Let me suggest you get a dictionary. So how typical, you are a muslim and justifying this death?

  • Jakob - 2011-01-03 17:35

    and the cherry on top is... sin = death ... ouch... so she died 4 a reason...

  • Jakob - 2011-01-03 17:38

    and a little bit of history lesson... venus = morning star, the morning star is know as the fallen angel... lucifer.. and.. jesus called himself the bright morning star.. so all u chris followers actually follow lucifer.. *clap hands*

  • Ateis - 2011-01-04 08:51

    ... and your point is? The jewish zombie magician is a myth, just like the donkey-riding child-molester of islam?

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