Thursday, October 12, 2006

Relatives of beheaded Iraqi priest say kidnappers demanded apology for pope's muslim comments

The Associated PressTHURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2006
Published: October 12, 2006
MOSUL, Iraq Relatives of an Orthodox priest who was kidnapped and found beheaded three days later said Thursday that his captors had demanded his church condemn the pope's recent comments about Islam and pay a US$350,000 (€280,000) ransom.
More than 500 people attended a memorial service Thursday for father Amer Iskender in the northern city of Mosul after his decapitated body was found Wednesday evening in an industrial area of the city.
Iskender was a priest at the St. Ephrem Orthodox church in Mosul.
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As I have said and will continue to say: It's the religion of Islam that is the fault. There is no other excuse.

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