Assyrian Christians in Gothenburg have been threatened with messages linked to Islamic State, according to local reports. Swedish Daily Newspaper 'Dagens Nyheter' (DN) reports that ISIS symbols and other graffiti were found painted on two stores owned by Assyrians on Tuesday. Along with the ISIS logo, "the caliphate is here", "convert or die" and the Arabic letter 'N', ن, were also painted on the walls of the Le Pain Francois bakery and the next-door pizzeria.
Short for Nazarene, ن was painted on homes belonging to Christians by ISIS militants in Mosul when it was captured last year to identify members of the faith. Jihadists later drove them out of the city, telling them to either flee, convert to Islam, or pay a tax. Those who refused were killed.
"I felt a sudden chill down my spine. It's terribly painful, we feel threatened," Markus Samuelsson, who owns Le Pain Francois, told DN.
"Our family fled Turkey for Sweden in the 70s. What we're exposed to reminds us of the stories we were told as children. It's very real and threatening, and we're terrified."
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