Wednesday, November 10, 2010

BBC News-Christians Are The Targets For Deadly Attacks In Baghdad

(Story reported by Jim Muir for BBC News)

A series of bomb and mortar attacks targeting Christian areas has killed at least five people in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Six districts with strong Christian majorities were hit - more than 30 people have been injured.

The attacks come days after Islamist militants seized a Catholic cathedral and more than 40 were killed.

Top-level talks in the city have so far failed to resolve the country's political crisis.

Iraq's political leaders have been negotiating the formation of a new government since inconclusive elections in March.

Prime Minister Nouri Maliki said the talks would resume on Wednesday and would be "the beginning of forming not just the government, but forming the Iraqi state".

Police said the predominantly Christian areas of Camp Sara, Sinaa Street and al-Ghadeer in central Baghdad were among the districts hit in Wednesday's attack, according to the Associated Press.

"Two mortar shells and 10 home-made bombs targeted the homes of Christians in different neighbourhoods of Baghdad between 0600 and 0800 (0300 and 0500 GMT)," an unnamed official told AFP news agency.

An interior ministry source, quoted anonymously by Reuters, said the attacks were directly linked to the siege of the cathedral.

"These operations, which targeted Christians, came as a continuation of the attack that targeted the Salvation church," the source said.

(Click here to read the full story on the BBC News website.)

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