Iraqi Christians returning to their homelands trashed by Islamic State (IS) militants described the horror of finding their houses burnt and their churches desecrated, the Independent Catholic News website reports today (January 24, 2017).
Speaking to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), eye witnesses reported the destruction caused by the jihadists and how church statues were beheaded and mannequins from a clothes shop were used for shooting practice.
Manal Matti, who used to run a beauty salon near the now fire-damaged Church of the Immaculate Conception in Qaraqosh -- the largest Christian town in Nineveh Plains -- said: "The jihadists used the church as a shooting range and the mannequins as targets. The mannequins are completely riddled with bullets."
ACN reports also show that Qaraqosh's Saint George's Syriac Catholic Church was used by IS as an improvised bomb factory and was used to store hundreds of bombs and grenades.