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Christian brothers shot dead in north Iraq

ICC Note:

Militants killed two Christian brothers inside their vehicle workshop in Mosul on Monday in the latest attack targeting Christians which have left more than 60 dead in the past month.

11/22/2010 Iraq (AFP) – Two Iraqi Christian brothers were gunned down inside their vehicle workshop in the restive northern city of Mosul on Monday, police said.

Saad Hanna, 43, and Waad Hanna, 40, were shot dead at around noon (0900 GMT) in the city, 350 kilometres (220 miles) north of Baghdad, the latest in a spate of attacks targeting the minority community in Iraq.

“Two Syrian Catholic Christians were killed inside their workshop in an industrial area in west Mosul,” said police Major Fathi Abdulrazzaq.

Earlier this month, a series of bomb and mortar attacks targeted the homes and businesses of Christians in the capital Baghdad, killing six people and wounding 33 and drawing international condemnation.

Between 800,000 and 1.2 million Christians lived in Iraq before the US-led invasion of 2003 but that number has since shrunk to around 500,000 in the face of repeated attacks against their community and churches.

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