Christian doctor, wife, and mother stabbed to death in Baghdad

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Christian doctor, wife, and mother stabbed to death in Baghdad

rudaw.net and kurdistan24.net

A Christian doctor and two members of his family were killed in a home invasion after being stabbed by unknown assailants in Baghdad on Friday, March 9, security sources said.

Dr. Hisham Shafiq al-Maskuni, 61, a native of Baghdad, his wife Shaza Malik, and his mother Khairiya Dawood were killed.

The attack was carried out by an unknown group of armed people, Iraqi media reported.

The attackers also stole some money and expensive items from the house, according to unverified media reports.

One source told Kurdistan 24 that at least four men brandishing knives stormed the doctor's house in eastern Baghdad's predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Mashtal, and then began stabbing him and his family.

Another source said the attackers stole money and valuables after the victims were dead.

This is not an isolated incident, Fr. Biyos Qasha of Baghdad’s Maryos Church told Rudaw TV, noting that a boy was killed a few days ago in Baghdad.

“This means that there is no place for Christians,” he said. “We are seen as a lamb to be killed at any time.”

He expressed fear that these are the signs of a start of a plan to force the Christian population from their homes and out of the country.

Kldani, head of the Christian militia group, agrees that such attacks are nothing new for the Christian community in Iraq.

"This crime has only one message. Frightening our people and forcing them to leave the country," he said on Friday.

"We are not afraid, and we will not leave our homeland," he vowed, explaining that the Thursday attackers will fail just like ISIS did when the bells of the churches of Iraq started to ring again following the defeat of the extremist group.

Fr. Qasha called on the federal government to “work to protect all Christians and all citizens.”

Yezidi MP Vian Dakhil condemned the crime, tweeting that “minorities are persecuted in their homeland.”

Warning that this stabbing was not the first nor the last crime against Iraq’s minorities, she called on the international community to “move with great effort to protect minorities in Iraq.”

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 15:05
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