Deadly bombings target Christians in Iraq

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Associated Press

Posted on December 25, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 25 at 9:34 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two deadly Christmas Day bombings in Baghdad have targeted Christian areas of the city. More than three dozen people were killed and nearly 60 people were wounded.

Police say the greatest casualties happened near a church during Christmas Mass. The other bombing happened in an outdoor market.

There's been no claim of responsibility.

Iraq's dwindling Christian community is estimated to number between 400,000 and 600,000. It's often been targeted by al-Qaida and other insurgents.

Today's attacks came amid a massive military operation in Iraq's western desert. Authorities are trying to hunt down insurgents who have stepped up attacks across Iraq in recent months.

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APPHOTO XKK112: An awakening council member stands guard while women walk through the site of a bombing in a Christian section of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Militants in Iraq targeted Christians in two separate bomb attacks in Baghdad, officials said. The Christmas Day attacks brought the total number of people killed so far this month in Iraq to 441. According to U.N. estimates, more than 8,000 people have been killed since the start of the year. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim) (25 Dec 2013)

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