Fifty-one Christian worshipers (and later on, seven Iraqi commandos) were killed in an attack on an Assyrian Christian Church in Karrada, central Baghdad on Sunday October 31. Rev. Wassem Sabeeh was delivering the sermon when blasting sounds were heard. Some heavily-armed men in military fatigues stepped in through the blasted door and calmly started to shoot the worshippers - beginning with the Priest. "They were well trained," Bassam Sami, 21, one of the survivors said. "They didn't say anything. It was like someone had cut out their tongues."
Sensing trouble with the initial blasting sounds, Rev Sabeeh had quietly began ushering parishioners into a fortified room in the rear of the church. However, according to Sami, one of the assailants discovered the room and tossed in a grenade.
Shortly after 9 p.m., after realizing that hostages had been executed, a team of U.S.-trained Iraqi commandos stormed into the church from all sides. At least five suicide bombers detonated explosives, killing seven of the troops. The al-Qaeda in Iraq, in an internet message, claimed responsibility for the carnage. They believe they are fighting for God, and the zombified suicide bombers have been assured by their religion of a straight passage to heaven - with 70 virgins for each!
Details in http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/01/AR2010110104420_2.html?sid=ST2010110104430