Sunday, February 19, 2006

Attack on Armenian church in Kayseri

"An Armenian church in Turkey came under attack on Wednesday when 10 assailants fired 10 shots at the door of the church before running away shouting anti-Christian slogans. The Surp Krikor Lusavoric Church, in the centrally located city of Kayseri, was a target of tensions that have been rising in Turkey following protests over the cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Kayseri is a conservative town, but has both Christians and Muslims living together.

The attackers shouted anti-Christian slogans and "Allahu Akhbar," or "God is Great," the Patriarchate said. "It is a natural democratic right for Muslims to express their indignation against the provocative cartoons, but I cannot understand acts of violence against Christian places of worship in our country," the patriarch said.

The Armenian community in Turkey is about 45,000 strong, mostly Orthodox, but with a small number of Roman Catholics and Protestants.

No one was hurt in the attack."

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