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Christians protest after north Iraq bomb attack

ICC Note:

Thousands of Christians assemble in Northern Iraq on Monday to protest the targeted bombing of a school bus carrying Christian college students. One student was killed and more than 70 were wounded.

5/3/2010 Iraq (AFP) – Thousands of Christians protested in northern Iraq on Monday to condemn a bomb attack on a bus carrying students and workers which left one person dead and 80 wounded.

“We are not a minority, we are an authentic part of the Iraqi people,” said a banner at the demonstration. “We ask the prime minister (Nuri al-Maliki) to stop the tragedy of the Christians,” it added.

The attack, comprising a car bomb and an improvised explosive device, took place on a highway about three kilometres east of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, on Sunday.

While sectarian violence has dropped dramatically across Iraq since its peak between 2005 and 2007, attacks remain common, especially in Baghdad and Mosul.

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