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» 05/03/2010
IRAQ
Car bomb targets Christian student’s bus near Mosul
The toll is one dead and 100 wounded. For over five years the University of Mosul has been in the sights of Islamic extremists who want to convert students and kill the girls who do not wear the veil.

Baghdad (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Another targeted attack on the Christian minority.  Iraqi police said the two attacks took place yesterday in the north, where the community decimated by years of religious persecution now live en masse. The attackers used a car bomb and improvised explosive device, detonated by the passage of buses carrying students residing in the town of Hamdaniya, 40 km east of Mosul. The toll is of 100 wounded and one person dead, a Christian, owner of a shop located near the site of the explosions.

The students, all Christians, "we were traveling by bus from the University of Mosul, despite constant threats under which they live," said Nissan Karoumi, Mayor of Hamdaniya. For over five years the University of Mosul has been in the sights of Islamic extremist groups fighting for the conversion of young students. Often leaflets circulate in the university that promise to "kill every Iraqi woman who does not wear the veil" and anyone wearing "Western" clothes.

Mosul itself has long been the most dangerous area of Iraq for the Christian minority.  The Diaspora increases daily and many now argue that the city may soon become completely Muslim, if authorities do not take serious measures to curb the violence and punish those responsible for attacks that mostly remain unknown.

The political and sectarian tension is rising and the parliamentary elections of 7 March, have not yet shown a real winner. The country is in the grips of a power vacuum, while the various factions fight for a place in the new government, under pressure from rival outside powers like Iran and Saudi Arabia.


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See also
12/02/2010 IRAQ
Christian murdered in Mosul: bishops protest to Government
12/06/2010 IRAQ
Two more Christians murdered overnight in Baghdad
02/25/2010 IRAQ
Bishop of Mosul: humanitarian emergency. Hundreds of Christian families fleeing violence
11/14/2009 IRAQ
Mosul armed group kills 16 year old Christian on doorstep of home
01/17/2011 IRAQ
Christian doctor assaulted in Mosul
by Layla Yousif Rahema

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