At Least Two Christians Killed in Baghdad Attacks

(AFP) BAGHDAD — At least two Christians were killed and 12 people wounded in a string of six attacks on Christian homes in Baghdad on Thursday, an interior ministry official said.

The worst attack was in the central Baghdad district of Al-Ghadir, where a homemade bomb exploded around 8:00 pm (1700 GMT), killing the two Christians and wounding three others, including one Christian, the official said.

The attacks started at 7:30 pm in six different parts of the capital as the Christian community is still reeling from a massacre at a Baghdad cathedral on October 31 in which 44 worshippers and two priests died.

Al-Ghadir is an area with a significant Christian population, though many have fled following the massacre and in light of threats by Al-Qaeda to target them.

Other blasts, also from homemade bombs, injured another nine Christians.

A pall of gloom has descended on Iraq’s badly battered Christian community since gunmen burst into Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad on October 31 and began firing on worshippers.

Iraqi forces stormed the building to end what turned into a hostage situation and by the end of the operation the 44 worshippers, two priests and seven security forces personnel lay dead.

The attack was later claimed by Al-Qaeda affiliate the Islamic State of Iraq, which threatened further attacks on Christians.

Ten days later a string of attacks targeted the homes of Christians in Baghdad, killing six people and wounding 33 others.

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