Bomb explodes near church in south Baghdad

Bomb explodes near church in south Baghdad

Bomb explodes near church in south Baghdad

Written by Staff Writer

25 Dec, 2013 | 6:10 pm

A car bomb has exploded near a church in the Iraqi capital, as Christians celebrated Christmas Day, killing at  least twelve people, security officials said.

Wednesday’s blast in the Dura area of south Baghdad also wounded at least 28 people, the sources said. The attack comes a day after Christians in Iraq celebrated their first Christmas Eve midnight mass in Baghdad since 2003, taking advantage of intensive security measures in the capital.

Festivities have been overshadowed in recent years as targeted attacks on the Christian community forced thousands to flee a country where Christians once numbered about 1.5 million.

A Christmas mass service in 2010 was cancelled after Christians received threats by AL-Qaeda in Iraq.

Al Jazeera

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