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Christian Who Survived Iraqi Church Attack Killed in Her Bed

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Christian Who Survived Iraqi Church Attack Killed in Her Bed

Jan-07-2011 at 09:48 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Last edited on 01/07/2011 at 10:00 PM (UTC3 Assyria)
 
Rafah Butros Toma, a Christian woman who survived an attack on a Baghdad church in October was shot dead in her bed early today by gunmen who made off with money and some of her possessions.

Christian Who Survived Iraqi Church Attack Killed in Her Bed
by Dana Kennedy. Contributor, AOL News, Jan 3, 2011 – 12:54 PM.
http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/03/rafah-butros-toma-christian-who-survived-iraqi-church-attack-k/

http://www.atour.com/news/assyria/20110107a.html

BAGHDAD, Iraq — A Christian woman who survived an attack on a Baghdad church in October was shot dead in her bed early today by gunmen who made off with money and some of her possessions.

Rafah Butros Toma was most likely killed because of her religion, Agence France-Presse reported.

The gunmen used weapons equipped with silencers to shoot her as she slept. She was the latest victim in a string of attacks on Christians in Iraq. In Egypt, Coptic Christians were victims of a New Year's Day bombing at their church in Cairo.

Toma, who lived alone in central Baghdad, was one of 120 people at the Our Lady of Salvation church who were taken hostage by suicide-vest-wearing terrorists on Oct. 31.

Iraqi security forces confronted the militants, three of whom detonated their vests. After the raid, 53 people, including two priests and Toma's 27-year-old cousin, were left dead. The church is one of the largest Catholic houses of worship in the country.

"I am attached to this place," Butros Toma told CNN when she and 100 other people came to the church 40 days after the attack, a traditional period of mourning for some communities in the Middle East. "Every other day I come here. I feel like my soul is in this place with them."

Toma had not been to church for three years when she finally went on Oct. 31. She told CNN that her cousin had threatened to stop visiting her if she did not go.

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