An Armenian church in Turkey came under attack on Wednesday when 10 assailants fired 10 shots at the door of the church before running away shouting anti-Christian slogans. The Surp Krikor Lusavoric Church, in the centrally located city of Kayseri, was a target of tensions that have been rising in Turkey following protests over the cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Kayseri is a conservative town, but has both Christians and Muslims living together.
The attackers shouted anti-Christian slogans and "Allahu Akhbar," or "God is Great," the Patriarchate said. "It is a natural democratic right for Muslims to express their indignation against the provocative cartoons, but I cannot understand acts of violence against Christian places of worship in our country," the patriarch said.
The Armenian community in Turkey is about 45,000 strong, mostly Orthodox, but with a small number of Roman Catholics and Protestants.
No one was hurt in the attack.