Car bomb hits Catholic church in Iraq; at least 20 injured

It happened early this morning in Kirkuk, about 150 miles north of Baghdad.

Details:

The attack took place in Kirkuk’s Shatterlo neighborhood around 5:30 a.m., according to a police official who spoke to CNN on condition anonymity, because he’s not authorized to speak to the media.

The wounded included staff from the Holy Family Church and people with homes nearby.

Police said at least 20 people were injured in the attack, while the Interior Ministry put the number at 23.

The explosion damaged the church and a number of nearby houses, police said. Kirkuk is an ethnically divided mixed city located about 240 kilometers (150 miles) north of Baghdad.

In the past years, extremists have carried out major attack against churches.

An October 31 attack on the Sayidat al-Nejat Cathedral, or Our Lady of Salvation Church, left 70 people dead and 75 wounded, including 51 congregants and two priests.

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Photo: AP/Emad Matti

  • peregrinus

    I think we need to see if there’s a way to get our people out.

  • pagansister

    Another horrific event—-and one wonders if it will ever stop.

  • deaconjohnmbresnahan

    Just curious—does anyone know the relative ease with which a Catholic from the mideast can get into the U.S. as compared to a Gay or Moslem?? I have read stories over the past few years that claim that under this administration these two groups get virtual preferential treatment on getting into the U.S. and Catholics are particularly ignored (That is why so many Catholics from Iraq are now stuck in parts of Syria and Turkey.)

  • Deacon Greg Kandra

    John, I’d be curious to hear where those kinds of stories are coming from. I doubt it’s true.

    I just did a quick online search. On the State Dept website, there’s a pdf application for an immigrant visa to enter the United States. Unless I missed it, I couldn’t find a place on that form where it asks the person’s religion, or sexual preference.

    Dcn. G.

  • greta

    Ah yes, the religion of peace strikes again.

  • peregrinus

    I would suspect that if true, a high number of Muslim Iraqis entering the US would reflect the fact that the vast majority of Iraq’s population is Muslim, whereas only a very small minority are Christian.

    I read an article or two a few years back saying that the US was accepting very few refugees from Iraq. Does anyone know how restrictive the US in general towards Iraqi immigration?

  • gerardnadal

    Greta took the words right out of my mouth.


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