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Bombs targeting Christians kill dozens in Baghdad

Dec-28-2013 at 02:41 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Debris at the site of the attack at the marketplace in Baghdad. Photograph: Reuters

Bombs targeting Christians kill dozens in Baghdad
by The Guardian - agencies in Baghdad, December 25, 2013.
WARNING: Raw video of Iraq market bombing with graphic images of injured and dead people.

Car bomb goes off near church after service after explosions at outdoor market in Christian area

Iraq's Christians celebrated Christmas behind blast walls and barbed wire as at least 37 people were killed in bomb attacks in Christian areas, some by a car bomb near a church after a service.

Earlier, two bombs ripped through a nearby outdoor market simultaneously in the Christian section of Athorien, killing 11 people and wounding 21, an officer said.

The Iraq-based leader of the Chaldean Catholic church, Louis Sako, said the parked car bomb had exploded after a Christmas mass in the capital's southern Dora neighbourhood, killing at least 26 people and wounding 38. He said none of the worshippers had been hurt, and he did not believe the church was the target.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but Iraq's dwindling Christian community, which is estimated to number about 400,000 to 600,000 people, has often been targeted by al-Qaida and other insurgents who see the Christians as heretics.

Other targets include civilians in restaurants, cafes or crowded public areas, as well as Shias and members of the security forces, attacked in an attempt to undermine confidence in the Shia-led government and stir up Iraq's already simmering sectarian tensions.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to the media.

Wednesday's bombings came amid a massive military operation in Iraq's western desert as authorities try to hunt down insurgents who have stepped up attacks across Iraq in the past months, sending violence to levels not seen since 2008.

The Christmas Day attacks brought the total number of people killed this month in Iraq to 441. According to UN estimates, more than 8,000 have been killed this year.

On Christmas Eve, the Mar Yousif Syriac Catholic church in western Baghdad looked like a walled fortress. Soldiers and police ran bomb detectors across cars, searched trunks and bags and patted down visitors before the evening ceremony.

Inside, the red-confetti-strewn Christmas tree, bright blue-and-white tile mosaic and strings of Santa-Claus-themed bunting contrasted with drab streets strewn with concrete blocks and barbed wire outside.

But pews that would have overflowed with worshippers a few years ago were barely two-thirds full – a reflection of the fact that the Christian community has fallen from about 1.5 million before the US-led invasion to about half that.

"The future is very critical because of immigration," said the human rights activist William Warda before Tuesday night's service, estimating that 10 to 20 Christians were still leaving the country each day.

"Many Christians … are fleeing from the country because of this issue, because there is no sign of a bright future."


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1. Christmas day bombings kill at least 37 in Iraq

Jan-01-2014 at 11:06 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

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Iraqi police officers guard the entrance of St. Joseph's Chaldean Church before a Christmas mass in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 25. Photo: AP

Christmas day bombings kill at least 37 in Iraq
By Associated Press, December 25, 2013 | 12:06pm

BAGHDAD — Militants in Iraq targeted Christians in three separate Christmas Day bombings in Baghdad, killing at least 37 people, officials said Wednesday.

In one attack, a car bomb went off near a church in the capital’s southern Dora neighborhood, killing at least 26 people and wounding 38, a police officer said.

Earlier, two bombs ripped through a nearby outdoor market simultaneously in the Christian section of Athorien, killing 11 people and wounding 21, the officer said.

The Iraq-based leader of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Louis Sako, said the parked car bomb exploded after Christmas Mass and that none of the worshippers were hurt. Sako said he didn’t believe the church was the target.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but Iraq’s dwindling Christian community, which is estimated to number about 400,000 to 600,000 people, often has been targeted by al-Qaida and other insurgents who see the Christians as heretics.

The aftermath of a bomb attack at a marketplace in Baghdad on December 25th, 2013. Photo: Reuters

Along with Christians, other targets include civilians in restaurants, cafes or crowded public areas, as well as Shiites and members of the Iraqi security forces, attacked in an attempt to undermine confidence in the Shiite-led government and stir up Iraq’s already simmering sectarian tensions.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

Wednesday’s bombings came amid a massive military operation in Iraq’s western desert as authorities try to hunt down insurgents who have stepped up attacks across Iraq in the past months, sending violence to levels not seen since 2008.

The Christmas Day attacks brought the total number of people killed so far this month in Iraq to 441. According to United Nations estimates, more than 8,000 people have been killed since the start of the year.

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