Attacks on Baghdad Christians Kill 37

And US embassy in Kabul hit by indirect fire, but no one injured

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Dec 25, 2013 7:56 AM CST

(Newser) – Militants in Iraq targeted Christians in two separate bomb attacks in Baghdad today, killing at least 37 people. In one attack, a car bomb went off near a church during Christmas Mass in the capital's southern Dora neighborhood, killing at least 26 people and wounding 38, a police officer said. A little bit earlier, a bomb ripped through an outdoor market in the nearby Christian section of Athorien, killing 11 people and wounding 21, the officer added. Separately, the AP reports that the US embassy in Kabul was hit by indirect fire this morning; no one was injured.

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-Qaeda and other insurgents who see the Christians as unbelievers. 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. A medical official confirmed the casualty figures.

Iraqi Christians attend a Christmas mass at the Mother Teresa Catholic Church in Basra, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013. Militants launched two separate attacks against Christians in Baghdad.   (Nabil al-Jurani)
A nun walks as worshipers attend a Christmas mass at the Mother Teresa Catholic Church in Basra, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.   (Nabil al-Jurani)
Iraqi Christians attend a Christmas mass at the Mother Teresa Catholic Church in Basra, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013. Militants launched two separate attacks against Christians in Baghdad.   (Nabil al-Jurani)
An Iraqi Christian woman lights candles before a Christmas mass at the Mother Teresa Catholic Church in Basra, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013. Militants launched two attacks on Christians in Baghdad.   (Nabil al-Jurani)
Iraqi Christians attend a Christmas mass at the Mother Teresa Catholic Church in Basra, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013. Militants launched two separate attacks against Christians in Baghdad.   (Nabil al-Jurani)
Iraqi Christians attend a Christmas mass at the Mother Teresa Catholic Church in Basra, Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013. Militants launched two attacks against Christians in Baghdad.   (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani))
« Prev« Prev | Next »Next » Slideshow
My TakeCLICK BELOW TO VOTE
1%
4%
68%
4%
14%
8%
To report an error on this story, notify our editors.

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
Other Sites We Like:   The Street   |   MSN Living   |   PopSugar Tech   |   RealClear   |   24/7 Wall St.   |   Biography   |   Barstool Sports   |   OK!