Syrian Orthodox Church also included in the latest blast in Baghdad
- Muslims on the west side of Baghdad also expressed shock at another
attack which targeted the Saint Thomas Syrian Orthodox church in the
affluent Mansour area.
"I do not think an Iraqi who would do this," said Ahmed Nazem,with
his wife stood nearby still in her slippers and night gown.
"If it was an Iraqi then he must be completely brainwashed because I
reason or purpose for such a horrible act."
The facade of Saint Thomas was completely blown away in what
appeared to be
a drop-and-run attack similar to the one that targeted the four
Scraps of red velvet drapes that used to adorn the front windows lay
under heaps of concrete.
"People, it is only stone, we will rebuild it again," said an
elderly man who identified himself as Milad while labourers around
him carried out pews and rolled-up carpets from inside the church.
Grief-stricken parishioners gathered in the courtyard, where a woman
crossed herself before rushing in tears towards Dina Khalil, the
priest's wife. "I am fine, fine," said a tearful Khalil, who was
with her husband at their home next to the church at the time of the
She said she felt the whole house shake from the power of the blast
which shattered all the windows.
A few blocks another church, Saint Joseph, was hit with a home-made
bomb that caused minor damage to the facade.
"Muslims and Christians have been living here in harmony for
hundreds of years," said Father Gabriel Shamami.
"I don't think Iraqis would do this especially during Ramadan."
Two other churches in the southern Doura district were also targeted
with homemade bombs that caused some damage, according to Father
Faris Toma of Saint Paul and Peter church in the same area.
Source: http://www.turkishpress.com/sections/world/ October 17 2004-
Thomas Daniel (Reji)
St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
Cheppaud, Alleppy Dist, Kerala, India.
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