On Saturday, October 13, at 5:00 pm, two Christian priests were kidnapped by unknown armed individuals using civilian cars, in the Hay Al-Thawra neighborhood west of the city of Mosul. The two priests were identified as Father Mazin Esho and Father Piyous Affas. They had gone to Hay Al-Thawra to pay their respects to one of their friends and as they left Hay Al-Thawra on their way to the Al-Fatima Virgin Church, located in Hay Al-Faisaliya in Mosul, to perform their duties in church, they were kidnapped and taken to an unknown location.
The two priests belong to the Syrian Catholic Church, located in the Maidan neighborhood in Mosul. On Sunday, October 14, the two priests were released. It is not known if ransom was paid for their release.