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Assyrian Mother and Daughter Murdered
by Bahra, Sweden [Europe]
Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2000 06:26 pm CST


BET-NAHREN, Iraq (BAHRA) - On Wednesday, the 9th of December, 1998, our Assyrian people in Shaqlawa and Enkawa (Bet-Nahren, Northern Iraq) and the Assyrian Democratic Movement ("Zowaa") participated in the burial ceremony held to see off to Enkawa cemetery the late Nasreen Hana Shaba (born 1963) and her little daughter Larsa (born 1995) as these innocent Assyrians became victims of another criminal act committed against them by unknown sources. The murderers had planted an explosive device by the door of the residence of Mr. Najat Toma located in the Ter-Awa district in Arbil. The planted bomb exploded as the victim opened the door of the house this morning while being accompanied by her little daughter.

So far no clues as to who is responsible for this criminal act, or what the motives are to target such a working class family that has no links to any political activity whatsoever. This is a clear indication that this act is an intentional effort to create hatred and plant distrust and fear among the Assyrian people. Northern Iraq is considered a "safe haven" zone as mandated by the United Nations after the Persian Gulf War.

May God bless the souls of the two deceased victims and bless their families with patience.

Assyrian Democratic Movement "Zowaa".

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