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ICC NOTE: Another Christian murdered in Iraq , this time a priest that was kidnapped. His body was found this week.

12 October, 2006

Mosul : priest kidnapped 3 days ago found murdered

For the full article go to: Asia News

An enormous ransom had been asked for the release of Fr Paulos Eskandar. The priest is remembered as one of the best the Church of Christ could have hoped for.

Baghdad – A priest of Syrian-Orthodox rite who was kidnapped in Mosul on 9 October, Father Paulos Eskandar, was killed today by unidentified assailants. The motive for the crime is unknown. This was confirmed by AsiaNews sources.

The priest’s body was found in the eastern district of Mosul. An enormous ransom had been asked for his release. The identity of his abductors was a mystery.

AsiaNews sources said Fr Eskandar was one of the best priests the Church of Christ had in Mosul, always at the service of all churches in the area, never minding whether they were Orthodox or Catholic.

His death is a clear sign that there is no letup in the terror campaign against Iraqi Christians and priests of all denominations.