Two die in Iraq church blast

Published December 23rd, 2009 - 01:37 GMT

A bomb attack on a church in the Iraqi city of Mosul killed two passersby and injured five others, the sixth attack on Christians there in less than a month. "Around 11 am, a handcart used to carry flour, left across the street from the Syrian Orthodox church of St Thomas, exploded and caused damage" to the building, a witness told AFP.


A hospital official in Mosul, north of Baghdad, told AFP "the new toll is two dead and five wounded, because one of the injured died." "According to their identity cards, the two dead were Muslims."


Elsewhere, a senior Iraqi army officer was killed in front of his home west of Baghdad, an interior ministry official said on Wednesay. Brigadier General Riad Abdel Majid, an inspector for the defence ministry, "was killed in Ghazaliya by unknown persons who opened fire on him while he was in front of his house," the official said.


The attack took place late Tuesday, he added.


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