Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Bombs target Christians in Baghdad, 34 killed

People stand among debris at the site of a bomb attack at a marketplace in Baghdad's Doura District December 25, 2013. REUTERS-Ahmed Malik

At least 34 people were killed in bomb attacks in Christian areas of Baghdad on Wednesday, some by a car bomb that exploded near a church after a Christmas service, police and medics said. The car bomb killed at least 24 people, most of them Christian, when worshippers were leaving the church in the Doura district of southern Baghdad, police sources said. Two bombs also went off in a crowded market in a separate, mostly Christian area in Doura, killing another ten people, police and medics said. At least 52 people were wounded in the attacks.
The minority Christian community has been a target of attacks by al Qaeda militants in the past, including a 2010 attack on a church that killed dozens of people. The year 2013 has been the deadliest year since 2008. Over 8.000 people lost their lives so far due to almost daily bombings and othert attacks. Click here for a complete list, as collected by Russian TV

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