CWNews.com - A young Iraqi Christian woman was seized by armed men who burst into her home in Mosul on December 15 in the latest targeted attack on a Christian home.

The victim, a student at a local technical school, was taken to an unknown location; her fate is also unknown. The kidnapping is the latest in a series of violent acts in which gunmen have broken into the homes of Iraqi Christians—in most other cases, to kill them.

The Christian community in Mosul, which once numbered 100,000, has now dwindled to about 5,000 as families have fled the city to avoid the campaign of violence. Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignatius III Younan has denounced the government for its failure to provide security.

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