Islamic militants in Iraq have turned their attention to their Christian neighbors, declaring that Christians are legitimate targets and bombing Christian neighborhoods. This follows a recent assault on a church during the worship service that killed more than 40. From the BBC:
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. . . .
“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.
The BBC’s Jim Muir, in Baghdad, says it is unclear whether Christians were killed. However the intention is clear – to underline a threat from the so-called Islamic State for Iraq, an umbrella group linked to al-Qaeda, that all Christians in the country are now a legitimate target.