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Bombs kill 1, injure 80 Christians in Iraq
Two bombs were set off within minutes of each other in a Christian populated area in Iraq recently, killing one and injuring 80 others, the Associated Press reported.
The explosions took place in the northern city of Mosul, where a large Christian community resides.
There have been attacks by Sunni Muslim insurgents against the Christian minority in Iraq, especially in Mosul.
Some extremist Sunnis view Christians as nonbelievers and believe that Christians support the Shiite-led government, which they oppose.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch warned that minorities including Christians could be caught in the crossfire of longstanding feuds between Arabs and minority Kurds for the area’s oil-rich resources and land, Radio Free Europe reported..
Wisam Jarji, a student who was wounded in the blast said, “I could see blood stains and hear screams all over the place.”
The U.S.-based National Council of Churches sent a letter last week to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asking her to lobby for more protection for Iraq’s Christian community from the government.
They were particularly worried in the aftermath of the March 7 parliamentary elections as various political forces still vie for power, the AP said.