Iraqi Christian Targeted in Shooting

KIRKUK, Iraq, JUNE 8, 2010 ( Christians in Iraq are expressing fear of renewed violence after 34-year-old Hani Salim Wadi was killed Monday night in Kirkuk.

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The incident has sparked an atmosphere of insecurity, AsiaNews reported today.

Wadi, a Christian businessman, was married with a daughter. He owned a mobile phone store downtown.

Eyewitnesses said that he was shot in front of his house in a «targeted killing.»

«We Christians are once more targets of attacks,» an anonymous source told AsiaNews.

A series of attacks have been targeted at Christians in Kirkuk and Mosul over the past months.

At the beginning of May, a bus convoy of Christian students was attacked with explosive devices, leaving almost 200 wounded and four dead.

Chaldean Archbishop Emil Nona said: «We are seeing another, the umpteenth, attack against Christians. The violence continues without relief.»

An auxiliary of the Chaldean patriarch, Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad, lamented that no one in the administration is speaking out to express solidarity with the Christian community.

«Truly,» he said, «we do not know what to do with this violence.»

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