Mosul, Iraq, Dec 15, 2009 / 19:07 pm
As Iraqi Christians prepare for Christmas, bombs have caused explosions at two Christian churches on Tuesday. More attacks are feared.
A bomb at the Al Gahera (Our Lady of Purity) Syrian Orthodox Church in Mosul’s city center caused a major explosion on Tuesday afternoon. The church received significant damage and a number of people were injured, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) reports.
The Al Beshara (Annunciation) Syrian Catholic Church in Mosul was hit earlier that day at 10:30 Tuesday morning by a bomb placed against an outside wall of the building. The bomb caused a minor explosion and damaged the wall, but nobody was hurt. A kindergarten occupied by children was near the explosion.
The Baghdad government has warned Church leaders of further attacks over Christmas, saying priests and religious sisters should be especially vigilant.