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IRAQ: In Mosul, grief as Christians mourn latest losses

November 23, 2010 |  8:31 am


Two brothers of the Syrian Catholic denomination were working as blacksmiths in their workshop in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Monday when gunmen stormed their workplace. Both were shot dead, police said, part of an apparent campaign against Iraq's small Christian community.

A source in the provincial government said some citizens managed to intervene and thwart another attack that same day against a  Christian family in eastern Mosul, forcing the assailants to flee.

-- A Times correspondent in Mosul, Iraq 

Photo: Iraqi Christian relatives grieve over the coffin of one of two brothers during their funeral in Hamdaniya, Iraq, on Nov. 23, 2010, a day after they were gunned down inside their workshop in the restive northern city of Mosul. Credit: Mujahed Mohammed / AFP/Getty Images