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Militants bomb Orthodox church in Baghdad
Monday, 8 November 2004

BAGHDAD (AP) - Masked men detonated a bomb near an Orthodox church in southern Baghdad on Monday, and police at the scene said three people were killed and 34 wounded.

A guard at the St. Bahnam and Sheik Matti Orthodox Church in the capital's Doura neighborhood said the militants drove up in a pickup truck.

"They were all armed," said Khalaf Enad. "They quickly poured out of the car, pointed their weapons at me and said 'Get in.' They opened fire for over a minute and then I heard a big explosion."

The blast created a crater over 12 feet wide and 3 feet deep. Church deacon Matti Qeryaqos, who lives nearby, said the explosion shattered church windows and blew
the doors off their hinges, collapsing the outer wall. He said there was no service at the church at the time of the blast, and that the dead and wounded were mostly neighbors.

Mohammed Aziz said strong explosions rocked the area. "I felt my house shaking three times and then saw the fire set in the church."

Police sealed off the area and fired bullets in the air to disperse the crowd, according to another witness, Lyon Emad Elias, whose home faces the church.

(UPDATES with police reporting three dead, 34 wounded. corrects that church is Orthodox sted Catholic. ADDS byline)

Baghdad Church, Hospital Blasts Kill Eight

Mon Nov 8, 04

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Car bombs at two Baghdad churches and outside a hospital treating the victims of those attacks killed at least eight people and wounded dozens on Monday night as a wave of blasts struck the Iraqi capital.

A car bomb exploded outside St. George's Catholic church in southern Baghdad just before 6:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. EST),
followed just minutes later by a second outside St. Matthew's
church.

Victims from both blasts, some carried by injured friends or
relatives in torn and bloodstained clothes, were rushed to
Yarmouk hospital. A doctor said at least three people had been
killed and 40 injured.

A few hours later, a suicide car bomber plowed into four police
cars parked outside the hospital entrance, killing at least five
policemen, police said.

Several more explosions echoed across the city later in the
night, but there was no immediate word on casualties.

The wave of bombings swept Baghdad as U.S. Marines began their full-scale offensive to capture the rebel Sunni Muslim city
of Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of the capital.

In the latest of almost daily bombings on the main road to Baghdad airport, at least three people were killed in a suicide car bomb attack on a checkpoint earlier in the day.

Rebels fighting Iraq (news - web sites)'s interim government and it's U.S. backers have stepped up attacks around the country since U.S. forces began building up for their assault on Falluja, seen as the epicenter of the insurgency.

Iraq's Christian minority has also been targeted. Five churches were hit in a string of bombings in October that seemed designed to intimidate the Christian community, already shaken by a series of attacks that killed several people in August.

Iraq's 650,000 Christians, mostly Chaldeans, Assyrians and Catholics, comprise about three percent of the population.

Information and pictures about previous bombings

 

Who are the Christians of Iraq? 

Northern Iraq's Mosul Tense After U.S. Air Strikes Nov. 12, 04

Bombs explode at Baghdad Orthodox churches Nov . 8, 04

Militants bomb Orthodox church in Baghdad  Nove. 8, 04

Is Mosul Next after Falluja?  Nov. 7, 04

Companions in suffering: An Interview with Thea Halo Nov. 6, 02

Iraqi Christians Face Escalating violence: Urgent Appeal For Help  Nov. 4, 04

Update of Opression and Murder of the Assyrians in Iraq Nov. 4, 04

Two Assyrians Killed in Syria  NOv. 3, 04

Assyrian Family Attacked in Baghdad, Two Killed  NOv. 2, 04

Restoring Sanity to Iraq  Oct. 25, 04

Apeal for an Administration region for the Christians of Iraq  Oct. 24, 04

Kurd's Confiscation of Assyrian Villages  Oct. 25, 04

Christians of Iraq under Siege Oct. 25, o4

Attacks against Women  Oct. 24, 2004

Christian Students stage Nonviolent Protest in Iraq Oct. 22, o4

Administrative Region For Iraqi Chrisitians Oct. 22, 04

Christians Wish to Stay, Build Future in Iraq Oct. 21, 04

World Maronites Condemn Iraq Church Attacks  Oct. 18, o4

Murder of the Assyrian Shcool Principle and threats to Christians Oct. 18, 04

Iraq church bombings leave empty pews Oct., 17, 04

shrinking Christian minority struggles to survive Oct. 16, 04

Iraq native returns to homeland to help with reconstruction Oct. 16, 04

Governor of Kirkuk Calls for Stability Among Ethnic and Religious Group.  Oct. 15, 04

Plight of Christians provokes calls for special protection Oct. 15, 04

Iraqi citizens tell their story  Oct. 15, 04

Iraq's Chaldo-Assyrians: Canary in a Coal Mine Oct. 12, 2004

Waning Christian Presence May Determine Iraq's Future Oct. 12, 204

Exodus of Iraqi Christians continues Oct. 12, 2004

Safeguard the Assyrians of the Nineveh Plains Oct. 7, 04

Safe haven for Christians of Iraq Octo. 05, 04

15 years Old Beheaded  Oct. 05, 04

Middle Eastern Christians Conference  Oct. 02, 04

Up Dated List of Assyrians Murdered  Oct. 05, 04

Reasons for the Exodus sep. 30, 04

Christian Exodus from Iraq  sep. 28, 04

Chaldean Patriarch helped the release of the Italian Hostages Sep. 28, 04

Nine Christians Killed in Baghdad  Sep.27, 04

Christians Fleeing to Syria   Sep.27, 04

Recent history of the Assyrians of Iraq  by Jonathan Eric Lewis

Iraq's persecuted Christians  Sep. 20, 04

The Looming Danger in Kirkuk  Sep. 17, 04

Kurds pour into Kirkuk sep., 15, 04

Two Assyrians beheaded in Baghdad  Sep. 15, 04

christians determent not to be driven out of Iraq  Sep., 14, 04

Adventist Church Attacked in Baghdad  Sep. 11, 04     

The Fate of Iraq's Christians    sep., 10, 04

Kurds Human Chess Game

Iraqi Christians seek sanctuary in ancient homeland   

Blast Hits Churches Across Iraq, 11 dead    Aug., 1, 04

Contributions to the Arab civilization

Children Murdered

Sisters Killed

Restoring the Past

The Last Assyrian

Languages provide a religious connection

Syriac Documents 

Uprooting of the Assyrians

No financial aid to the Christians.  

Christians leaving Iraq

British Parliament Debates the Assyrians of Iraq

Children kidnapped

Assyrians Fearing Persecution.

Kurds efforts to marginallize the Assyrians

Caught Between the Islamists and the Evangelists

Christians Asking for Protection

Iraqi Christians flee to Syria

Terrorists Blame the Crusaders

Iraq's Church Bombers vs. Prophet Muhammad

Faith Under Fire

Iraq's Disappearing Christians

Iraq Urges the Christians to Return Form Exile

Future of Iraq's Christians

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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