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Two Kidnapped Priests Released in North Iraq
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

Iraq/Islam (Assist News Service) — On Saturday, October 13, at 5:00 pm, two Christian priests were kidnapped by unknown armed individuals using civilian cars, in the Hay Al-Thawra neighborhood west of the city of Mosul .

According to the Assyrian International News Agency (, the two priests were identified as Father Mazin Esho and Father Piyous Affas. They had gone to Hay Al-Thawra to pay their respects to one of their friends and as they left Hay Al-Thawra on their way to the Al-Fatima Virgin Church , located in Hay Al-Faisaliya in Mosul , to perform their duties in church, they were kidnapped and taken to an unknown location.

The priests belong to the Syrian Catholic Church, located in the Maidan neighborhood in Mosul .

On Sunday, October 14, the two priests were released. It is not known if ransom was paid for their release.