New Martyr Ayad

As reported by the Assyrian International News Agency:

(AINA) — According to the Assyrian website ankawa.com, a 14 year old Christian Assyrian boy, Ayad Tariq, from Baqouba, Iraq was decapitated at his work place on October 21.

Ayad Tariq was working his 12 hour shift, maintaining an electric generator, when a group of disguised Muslim insurgents walked in at the beginning of his shift shortly after 6 a.m. and asked him for his ID.

According to another employee who witnessed the events, and who hid when he saw the insurgents approach, the insurgents questioned Ayad after seeing that his ID stated “Christian”, asking if he was truly a “Christian sinner.” Ayad replied “yes, I am Christian but I am not a sinner.” The insurgents quickly said this is a “dirty Christian sinner!” Then they proceeded to each hold one limb, shouting “Allahu akbar! Allahu akbar!” while beheading the boy.

H/T to Marguerite for bringing this to my attention. As I mentioned in the comments on her posting there, may the memory of Ayad Tariq be eternal, with the hope that many will especially remember him on October 21 each year. As a martyr under the altar slain for the word of God and the testimony which he held, I’m sure that he’s praying to God for us, even as he is praying for God to avenge his blood.

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