Two security guards were injured in a shooting outside the St. Mary Assyrian Church in eastern Baghdad. Amidst a wave of bombings and violence throughout the country the shooting on the church is the latest in a long trend of violence directed towards the Christian community. Since 2004 more than 70 churches have been attacked or bombed according to the Assyrian International News Agency.
6/25/2013 Iraq (AINA) – Gunmen opened fire on St. Mary Assyrian Church this on Tuesday morning, wounding two security guards. The gunmen were traveling in a civilian car, according to a source in the interior ministry, when they fired a barrage of bullets at the church, which is located in the Ameen Thania neighborhood in eastern Baghdad. The church guards were taken to Al Kindi hospital, where one is listed in serious condition.
73 churches have been attacked or bombed since June, 2004, including today’s attack (see church bombings). 45 of the attacked churches were in Baghdad, 19 in Mosul, 8 in Kirkuk and 1 in Ramadi.