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
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)

(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.

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HANKHILL
Dec 26, 2013 3:57 PM CST
and just think barack insane obama sent the militants our guns and ammo to do it with! fubo potus fubar!
EdCoulter
Dec 25, 2013 9:21 PM CST
This sort of thing never happened under Saddam Husein's rule; so much for GW Bush's Crusade!
Ezekiel 25:17
Dec 25, 2013 3:41 PM CST
Well, now as per Yaweh law, 3700 muslims must die, usually in an an earthquake or tsunami. That's what happened in Indonesia, shri lanka, and Bam! Iran. The numbers confer with Muslim caused deaths versus the resulting direct-to-hell trips of Muslims after disasters. Muslim kills one Christian, 100 muslims must make the trip to hell. The numbers confer.