Car bombs exploded in two cities in Iraq on Sunday
evening, most targeting Christian churches. The first occured in Baghdad next to an Armenian church while an evening service was ongoing, and the
second occured approximately 15 minutes later near an Assyrian church. Simultaneously, a third explosion occured near a Christian church in Mosul.
Additional blasts in Baghdad and Mosul have ocurred. Preliminary reports are indicating at least 2 dead and 20 injured.
In all locations, it appears that these were not suicide attacks, but were perpetuated by cars loaded with explosives set on timers.
At this time, 4 churches in Baghdad, 2 churches in Mosul, and a key bridge in Mosul have been struck by car bombs.
There are unconfirmed reports of additional bombings in Mosul in the last several minutes.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 12 people were killed in one of the four attacks on churches in Baghdad Sunday, a Reuters witness said.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
A huge plume of black smoke was seen billowing above the city following the blasts as ambulances and police raced to the scene.
The church was in the vicinity of the National Theater, said Col. Adnan Abdul Rahman, an Interior Ministry spokesman.
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The first two explosions occured in a middle-class neighborhood in central Baghdad that has a large Christian population. Police were attempting to
cordon off the second car when it exploded.
Earlier in the day a suicide car bomb attack took place near a police station in Mosul, and a roadside bomb was set off in Baghdad.
Two Earlier Attacks
At least four Iraqis -- including two police officers -- were killed and 32 others were wounded when a suicide car bomb exploded outside the Sumer
police station in the Palestine neighborhood of Mosul on Sunday morning, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials.
Also on Sunday morning a roadside bomb
exploded near a Baghdad hotel, killing two Iraqi civilians and injuring two others passing by in vehicles, Iraqi police said.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
The past week has been the bloodiest period since the interim Iraqi government took power.
[edit on 8-2-2004 by Valhall]