Car bomb near church wounds 19 people in northern Iraq

17:04, August 02, 2011      

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A car bomb went off near a Christian church in Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk on Tuesday, wounding 19 people, a local police source said.

The attack took place in the morning when a booby-trapped car detonated outside the church in Shatterlo neighborhood in northern Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The blast damaged part of the church building and several nearby buildings and civilian cars, the source said.

The Iraqi Christian minority has already suffered the murder of hundreds of its members due to chaos and insecurity that engulfed Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

The oil-rich province of Kirkuk and its capital Kirkuk City are part of disputed areas between the Kurds and both Arabs and Turkomans. The province has long been the hotbed of insurgency since the invasion.

Source:Xinhua
 
 
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