Sunday, July 12, 2009

Car bomb explodes outside Iraqi church, kills 4

Image: Iraqi security forces stand guard outside one of several Christian churches that were bombed in Baghdad

BAGHDAD - A car bomb exploded near a church as worshippers left Sunday Mass, killing at least four civilians and injuring 18 in one of several attacks on Iraq's beleaguered Christian minority.

The coordinated assault came as the Iraqi military predicted that insurgent attacks, though declining, could continue for a few years, raising the prospect of militant violence after the scheduled withdrawal of all U.S. troops by the end of 2011.

Three Christians and one Muslim died in the bombing at around 7 p.m. near a church on Palestine Street in eastern Baghdad, said a police officer who was at the scene. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

An official at al-Kindi hospital confirmed the death toll and said at least 18 people were injured...


Joe of St. Thérèse said...

The one thing about SH's Gov't it was very secular

Sigh, when will people figure it out?

Major said...

Is this Shia government going to help and protect Christians from this barbaric act of Islamic extremism? These Christians are Iraqis too and they have the same right as Muslims do in this country. This is how Islam teaches its followers to treat other faiths just like Islam did 1400 years ago. Islam spread in this region by the fear of sword.