April 25, 2011
Muslims bomb church in Baghdad on Easter
A roadside bomb exploded near the rear entrance of a Catholic church in Baghdad after Easter services on Sunday, wounding at least two police officers and two civilians.
The bomb blew up outside Sacred Heart church in Baghdad’s central Karrada district, shattering windows in nearby buildings and severely damaging a police pick-up truck at the church gate.
The explosion occurred after the church had been cleared of parishioners following services on Easter Sunday, which marks the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion.
Two security sources said two policemen and two civilians were hurt in the bombing but a Reuters TV cameraman saw three wounded police and four injured civilians at a local hospital.
The country’s Christian community has been on high alert since a militant assault on a Syrian Catholic cathedral in central Baghdad last October in which 52 people died.
Iraqi forces have provided extra security to Christian churches since the assault on Our Lady of Salvation cathedral, the bloodiest against Iraq’s Christian minority since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
Hey Samantha Power, is Right 2 Protect restricted to certain ethnicities?
Ethel C. Fenig
For this the US rushed into Iraq to protect its people? In Baghdad, Muslims celebrated Easter by continuing their campaign of intimidation against Christians. The country’s Jewish population fled years ago.