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As Iraq is attempting to set up its own government, military and Constitution, Christians continue to be targets in this majority-Muslim country.

Targeted Explosions Strike Four Churches in Iraq

Joseph Alvarez

Christian Post (01/26/06)

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At least four Iraqi churches in Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk fell victim to a synchronized series of bombings Sunday that resulted in the deaths of at least three Iraqis and the wounding of nine, according to authorities.

The four explosions, which struck between the times of 4:10 and 4:30 in the afternoon, are the first reported bombings specifically targeting churches in Iraq since last month’s national elections. Meanwhile, concerns over the decreasing Christian presence in the violence-stricken nation remain.

According to Col. Birhan Taha, three civilians were killed and one wounded in an attack on the Church of the Virgin in Kirkuk at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The explosion came 15 minutes after another car bomb exploded outside an Orthodox church, wounding six civilians.

Both bombs were detonated by remote control, Taha told The Associated Press.

Five minutes before the first explosion in Kirkuk , a car bomb detonated at 4:10 p.m. outside St. Joseph ‘s Roman Catholic Church in the eastern Baghdad suburb of Sina’a, wounding two people, Maj. Qusai Ibrahim reported to AP.

About 20 minutes later – around the same time as the second explosion in Kirkuk – another vehicle exploded outside an Anglican church in eastern Baghdad ‘s Nidhal area. According to Lt. Ali Mitaab, no casualties were reported.

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