26 Dec 2013

Christians in Baghdad killed by bombs

5:34 am on 26 December 2013

At least 35 people have been killed in two separate bombings against Christians in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

The BBC reports the casualty figure is likely to increase.

One device exploded in a car near a Catholic church as people were leaving a Christmas Day service, killing 24. The other bomb was in a market earlier, killing 11 more people.

Both bombings happened in the Dora area of Baghdad.

Churches have been targeted across Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Gunmen in 2010 killed more than 50 people dead in the Catholic cathedral in Baghdad.