Four Near Simultaneous Car Bombs Target Iraq Churches: Police

Agence France Presse
Aug 1 2004

Four Near Simultaneous Car Bombs Target Iraq Churches: Police

BAGHDAD, Aug 1 (AFP) – At least four car bombs exploded in quick
succession outside churches in Baghdad and the northern city of
Mosul, in an apparently targeted assault on Iraq`s influential
Christian minority, police said.

The first car was detonated by a suicide bomber near an Armenian
church in Baghdad`s upmarket district of Karada, said policeman
Haidar Abdul Hussein. Minutes later, a second car bomb exploded near
a Catholic Syriac church.

Thick black smoke billowed in the sky above Karada, clearly visible
for miles, as ambulances screamed through the streets and firemen
battled to contain the blaze.

Officials at the Ibn al-Nafeez hospital said 15 people had been
admitted with injuries following the attacks. One of the 15 later
died, said Anas Edward, a doctor.

Another police officer at the scene said there were casualties, but
was unable to specify how many.

Nervous police officers fired into the air and an AFP correspondent
saw the gutted shells of the two cars lying in the streets.

A US military spokesman said “at least four explosions” went off in
the central Baghdad area early Sunday evening.

In Mosul, 370 kilometres (230 miles) north of the capital, two car
bombs exploded outside a church in the early evening outside the Mar
Polis church in the central Mohandessin neighbourhood, said Major
Mohammed Omar Taha.

“There are casualties, but we don`t know if anyone was killed,” he