Eight Assyrian students, teachers kidnapped in northern Iraq

Thursday, June 21, 2007

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

MOSUL, IRAQ (ANS) -- An unidentified armed group kidnapped eight Assyrian Christian students and teachers returning home to the Nineveh Plain from Mosul University Wednesday afternoon.

AINA, the Assyrian International News Agency, reports the students of the Nineveh Plains travel on church-provided community buses that transport them daily to school.

AINA says: "One of the buses returning to Qaraqosh (Bakhdeda), one of the largest Assyrian Christian towns in the Nineveh Plain, was pursued by eight vehicles that surrounded and eventually stopped it. Eight people, among them a number of University professors, were taken to an unknown location.

Several eyewitnesses stated the abduction took place directly in front of a police stations.

This came one day after another Qaraqosh native was killed in Mosul by an armed group.