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  • » 01/09/2008, 00.00

    IRAQ

    Car bombs against three churches in Kirkuk



    It is the first terrorist attack against Christian targets in the city. Harm against people and property are still to be determined.

    Kirkuk (AsiaNews) – New attacks have taken place against Christian targets in Iraq. After the co-ordinated attacks against Christians in Mosul and Baghdad on Epiphany Day last week, Kirkuk’s Christian community came under fire this time. In three separate incidents car bombs exploded near the Chaldean Cathedral of the Holy Heart, the Syro-Catholic Church of Saint Ephraim and a third, still unidentified church.

    Sources told AsiaNews that the explosions occurred around 4 pm local time.

    Church authorities are on the blast sites to ascertain damages to people and property.

    This it the first time Kirkuk’s Christian community experiences this kind of violence. Thus far the city had been one of the most peaceful areas in the country.

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    15/08/2011 IRAQ
    Attack against Kirkuk’s St Ephraim Syrian Orthodox Church
    A bomb exploded at around 1.30 am. No one was killed or injured, but the church was heavily damaged. The incident follows others against Kirkuk Christians in early August.

    26/11/2009 IRAQ
    Mosul: Christian buildings attacked, Church of Saint Ephrem levelled
    At present, there is no information about casualties. Attackers carried out their action in broad daylight without any opposition. The methods used are like those used in the attack against the Bishop’s Palace in 2004. Christian sources say the “attack was like a Mafia warning”, a message to Christians “to leave the city.” The faithful are left with anger, disappointment and fear.

    11/01/2008 IRAQ
    Imam of Kirkuk: attacks against Christians are “against Islam”
    During Friday prayers, Muslim leaders praise the Churches commitment to dialogue and condemn Wednesday’s attacks against Christian targets. The Archdiocese helps to repair damage done to Muslim families.

    09/10/2008 IRAQ
    Islamic fundamentalists: "expel Christians from Mosul"
    Yesterday, a 38-year-old Chaldean was shot to death, but there could be a total of three victims. Men are driving around the city shouting slogans against the Christians, threatening more slaughter and violence. From the U.S. command, confirmation that Mosul has become the last stronghold of the al Qaeda militants.

    22/09/2012 IRAQ
    Kirkuk, young Christians hold day of fasting for peace after a bomb attack on cathedral
    The bomb exploded causing damage to the building. Yesterday the International Day of Peace marked worldwide. For Msgr. Sako, the Church in Iraq is "troubled, but not crushed."



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