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Christian churches in Iraq hit in bombing spree

July 13, 2009

A series of bombing attacks on Christians churches in Iraq has left at least 4 people dead and dozens wounded, and rekindled fears of a concerted assault on the Christian minority after the departure of American troops. In the capital city of Baghdad, 7 churches-- Chaldean Catholic and Orthodox-- were the targets of car bombings. In Mosul another church was targeted. Bishop Shlemon Warduni, a Baghdad auxiliary-- whose church, St. Mary's in Baghdad, was the site of the most deadly attack-- said that the bombings were clearly coordinated, with ample advance planning.

The rash of bombings sparked fears of a new exodus by Iraqi Christians. Bishop Warduni spoke of the "mistrust and negativity" that infects the Christian community.


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