IRAQ: SERIAL ATTACKS ON CHURCHES CONTINUE - Includes St. Ephrem Syrian Orthodox Church
- Friday January 18, 2008
IRAQ: SERIAL ATTACKS ON CHURCHES CONTINUE
Two injured in car bomb blast outside temple in Mosul.
LOS ANGELES, January 18 (Compass Direct News) � A car-bomb exploded outside a Chaldean church in northern Iraq yesterday, injuring two people, a Baghdad bishop said. The blast is the 10th reported attack on Iraqi churches in two weeks.
Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad Shlemon Warduni confirmed that the explosion outside the Tahira church in western Mosul�s al-Shifaa neighborhood had slightly injured two people.
Acting on reports that an unfamiliar vehicle was parked outside the church, police had already cleared the area and were waiting for a team of bomb experts to arrive when the car exploded, Iraqi Christian website Ankawa.com reported.
The blast hurt a policeman and an unidentified woman and damaged a church wall and windows, the site said. It came just a week after two churches in Kirkuk, 150 miles north of Baghdad, were simultaneously bombed.
The explosions took place in rapid succession shortly before 5 p.m. outside Kirkuk�s Chaldean Cathedral and St. Ephrem Syrian Orthodox church, a priest at the cathedral said. No one was injured in the blasts, which destroyed the Chaldean church�s compound wall and windows.
�It happened behind the cathedral, where we normally give our Christian instruction, but was at a time when we had no activities,� the priest told Compass.
The blasts came days after the apparently coordinated bombing of four churches and three convents in Baghdad and Mosul on January 6, in which six people were injured. The explosions ended a period of relative calm in which Iraq�s beleaguered Christian community had seen a drop in violence.