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Christian priest gunned down in Baghdad

world Updated: Apr 05, 2008 17:47 IST

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Gunmen shot dead an Iraqi priest in a drive-by attack in central Baghdad on Saturday, police said, in the latest attack on Christians in the country.

The priest, Adel Yousif, was gunned down near his home in central Baghdad's prosperous Karrada district, police said.

Iraq's low-profile Christian minority has mainly avoided being dragged into the sectarian violence that killed tens of thousands of Iraqis in the past few years.

But churches and Christian leaders have occasionally been targeted, especially in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul.