2007 Mosul massacre

2007 Mosul massacre

The 2007 Mosul massacre was a mass killing that took place on April 23, 2007 in Mosul, in northern Iraq. A bus carrying workers from the Mosul Textile Factory was hijacked by unidentified attackers. The attackers allegedly checked the passengers' identity cards, telling Muslims and Christians to get off the bus. They then drove the bus to eastern Mosul with 23 remaining passengers, all Yazidi, where the hostages were lined up against a wall and shot. [Amnesty International (April 27, 2007). [http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGMDE140272007 "Iraq: Amnesty International appalled by stoning to death of Yezidi girl and subsequent killings"] . Press release. Retrieved May 21, 2007.]

The murders were allegedly a reprisal against the stoning of a Yazidi girl two weeks earlier. The girl, Du’a Khalil Aswad, aged 17 from the village of Bashika, was stoned to death by a large crowd of men - allegedly including some Iraqi police - while authorities and a large crowd stood by. This murder was determined to be an honour killing, punishment for her forbidden relationship with a Muslim man (and it is claimed, although unconfirmed, that she had converted to Islam). The incident was recorded on mobile phones, but such recordings were not seen by the world until they were distributed over the internet a few weeks after the event. Iraqi authorities have arrested a number of individuals in connection with the killing.


External links

* [http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21603740-663,00.html "Gunmen kill 23 members of Yazidi religious minority"]

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