Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Behold the "peace" of BLOODY VIOLENT RAMADAN!
Fresh violence in Mosul, two Christians kidnapped and killed
The kidnapping of two Christians has ended in tragedy, after the family of one paid a ransom of 20,000 dollars. The community of Mosul hopes that the Muslims will strongly condemn the murders.
Mosul (AsiaNews) - The Iraqi Christian community is again in the sights of Islamic fundamentalists in Mosul: today news came of the death of a 65-year-old doctor, Tariq Qattan, kidnapped recently by a terrorist group. AsiaNews sources say that his family had paid a ransom of 20,000 U.S. dollars. But it was not enough money to free Tariq Qattan, one of the many Christians kidnapped by fundamentalists for extortion.
Also in Mosul, two days ago - although the news has just been released today - another Christian, Nafi Haddad, was kidnapped and killed. It is not yet known whether or not a ransom was paid. Despite the small signs of improvement that seem to come from Iraq, the Christian community is still witnessing more violence: Mosul has long been the theater of a genuine slaughter, forcing more than two thirds of the faithful to flee elsewhere in search of safety.
The diocese has paid a large tribute in blood in recent years, beginning with the tragic kidnapping of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, whose lifeless body was found last March 13 in an abandoned area just outside of the city. During the ambush that preceded the archbishop's captivity, the three men acting as his bodyguard were massacred by the terrorists.
In 2007, the Iraqi Christian community suffered 47 deaths, 13 of them in Mosul: these include Fr Ragheed Gani, murdered on June 3, and two other priests.
Between January 6 and 17 of this year, there was also a series of attacks on Christian property. A wave of bombings struck the Chaldean church of the Immaculate Virgin, the Chaldean Church of St Paul, which was almost destroyed, the entrance to the orphanage run by the Chaldean sisters in al Nour, a Nestorian church, and the convent of the Dominican sisters in Mosul Jadida.
The source for AsiaNews in Mosul hopes that the two latest homicides will be "forcefully condemned" by the Muslim community, which has just celebrated the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan. Atrocities carried out "in the name of religion"...
Gates to brief Bush on Iraq recommendations....Meanwhile, fatal bombings shattered a period of relative calm in the Iraqi capital Tuesday at the start of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month.
A roadside bomb detonated near al-Kindi Hospital in eastern Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding 13 others, including several policemen, an interior ministry official said.
Another roadside bomb exploded in western Baghdad's al-Harthiya neighborhood, killing two civilians and wounding 10, the official said.
Outside the capital city, a suicide truck bomber targeted an Iraqi army checkpoint in the northern city of Mosul, killing seven civilians and wounding seven others, the official said.
The violence coincides with Ramadan, which began Tuesday for Shia Muslims in Iraq. Sunni Muslims in the country began observing the month Monday.
The exact start of Ramadan -- Islam's ninth month -- depends on the sighting of the new moon. Muslims are required to abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk.
The month of fasting ends with Eid al-Fitr, three days of feasts and celebrations
Xinjiang: police raid against Muslim rebels, six killed
AsiaNews.it, Italy - Aug 30, 2008
New violence in the western Chinese province, the theater of clashes between Beijing officers and Muslim separatists. The police say they reacted to an ...
2 Chinese policemen killed, 7 wounded in Xinjiang The Associated Press [Sep. 2 2008]
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Eight killed as Pakistani sectarian clashes rage on despite truce
Monsters and Critics.com - [Sep. 2 2008]
The rival Shiite Toori tribe also called a truce earlier in veneration of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan that commenced this week. Sectarian violence ...
Philippines Bomb Blast Hits Weary South
TIME - [Sep. 1, 2008]
Philippine security forces stand guard near the site of a bomb blast inside a bus parked at a terminal in Mindanao on September 1
marked the beginning of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting and reflection. But on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, wracked for the past month by bloody fighting between Muslim separatists and government troops.. a new horror. That afternoon, a bomb exploded aboard a packed passenger bus in Digos City, killing six and wounding at least 34. According to a witness report, the powerful blast nearly tore off the roof of the bus, decapitating one passenger.
Extortion syndicate behind Digos City bombing, bishop says [Sep 2, 2008]
By LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO
DIGOS CITY — Digos Bishop Guillermo Afable said yesterday a syndicate out to extort money from bus companies was responsible for the bombing of a bus in the province the other day.
Afable’s disclosure was made in his statement posted yesterday on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website.
The Digos prelate, however, did not identify the members and leaders of the syndicate.
The bishop bewailed that Monday’s bombing incident resulted in the "loss of lives of innocent people."
"We are grieving here," he said.
"It is a heinous crime against innocent men, women and children [and] have nothing to do with the political, economic, or personal agenda of the perpetrators of the said crime," added the prelate.
Afable said the crime "becomes even more grievous in the context of compounding socio-political and economic ills already burdening our people, especially the poor."
He asked the faithful Lumad, Christian and Muslim to pray for truth, justice, love and freedom. He also requested that prayers be said for the victims and their families.
Bishop Afable also appealed to both the police authorities and public officials to curb lawlessness in their areas of responsibilities and safeguard every citizen from criminals and terrorists.
The people, for their part, should also cooperate with law enforcement officers in securing the safety and security of both private homes and public places, he said.
The bombing incident which occurred Monday noon at the Digos City Bus Terminal killed at least six people and left 28 injured.
Last July 23, a Weena bus exploded, killing one person and wounding 32 others.
Extortion gang uses women to plant bombs
MANILA (DPA) - Philippine police said Tuesday that an extortion gang that has been blamed for two recent bombings in a southern city uses women as bomb carriers for the deadly attacks.
Six people, including a pregnant woman, were killed and 30 injured Monday when a bomb ripped through a bus in Digos City in Davao Del Sur province, 1,005 kilometres south of Manila.
Senior Superintendent Cesario Darantinao, provincial police director, said the al-Khobar extortion gang was the main suspect in the bombing.
He said a woman was believed to have planted the bomb after witnesses said a female passenger hurriedly left the Metro Shuttle company bus before the blast.
Darantinao said police were also looking for a woman suspect in the bombing of another Metro Shuttle bus July 24 in Digos City, which killed two people.
‘’The al-Khobar gang must have decided to tap women to sow terror because they do not gain undue attention from authorities most of the time,’’ said a police investigator who requested anonymity.
The al-Khobar gang is composed of rogue Muslim separatist rebels who have resorted to criminal activities to raise money. It has been blamed for numerous attacks on bus companies and other firms.
Baghdad touched by war even as security takes hold
The Associated Press - [Sep. 2, 2008]
A mother and her two sons shuffled among the vehicles, begging for money when a roadside bomb exploded. The toll was low by Baghdad standards: Dawood and ...
Iraq militants plotted bomb attack using tunnel-US
San Diego Union Tribune, United States - [Sep. 2, 2008]
BAGHDAD – US forces said they foiled a plan by Iraqi militants to bomb a government building using a subterranean tunnel, the US military said on Tuesday. ...
12 militants, four women killed in Swat bombing
Daily Times, Pakistan - [Sep 3, 2008]
MINGORA: Twelve suspected militants and four women were killed on Tuesday as fighter jets bombed suspected Taliban positions in the Swat valley. ...
Latest Offerings from the Religion of Peace
[Source: http://thereligionofpeace.com ] "He who fights that Islam should be superior fights in Allah's cause"
9/1/2008 (Yala, Thailand) - A teacher is brutally gunned down in front of his wife by Religion of Peace warriors.
9/1/2008 (Mogadishu, Somalia) - A civilian is killed during a Mujahideen ambush along a city street.
9/1/2008 (Kirkuk, Iraq) - An Iraqi child is taken down by Islamic bombers.
9/1/2008 (Othmaniyah, Iraq) - Sunni bombers kill three farmers with a device hidden in a water pump.
9/1/2008 (Pattani, Thailand) - A Buddhist woman is among two people murdered in separate shooting attacks by Muslim radicals.
9/1/2008 (Yala, Thailand) - A 61-year-old man is shot to death by militant Muslims while driving home.
This 39-year-old mentally disabled man and his sister were kept hidden from childhood in a dungeon beneath their family’s Palestinian home
so that their healthy siblings would have a better chance of marrying. Palestinian imprisons mentally ill children for 20 years
(Video) Siblings found in unlit dungeon during raid; man says he didn't want people to laugh at him
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