Christian student killed, 50 wounded in car bomb in northern Iraq

15:26, May 02, 2010      

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A car bomb explosion killed at least a college student and wounded 50 others from Christian minority in the city of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province on Sunday, a provincial police source said.

The blast took place in the morning when many buses carrying college students arrived at the Kokejli area in eastern Mosul, bringing dozens from the Christian town of Hamdaniyah, some 30 km east of Mosul, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Insurgents frequently targeted different ethnic groups in the ethically mixed province of Nineveh, where Christian, Shiite and Kurd communities live along with a Sunni majority.

The attacks apparently were aimed at reigniting ethnic and sectarian conflicts, as insurgents waged attacks during the past years on Christian churches, killing a number of Christians and forcing a large number to leave their ancient home city of Mosul, either to immigrate abroad or to move to safer havens in other Iraqi cities or villages.

Christians in the mainly Muslim Iraq are a minority group, they live in Baghdad and the northern provinces.

Source: Xinhua


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