Fear is rising among members of Iraq’s minority Christian community after a wave of bombings in Baghdad killed at least six people and wounded more than 30.
The attackers detonated 14 roadside bombs and fired a mortar round in just two hours this morning. All the targets appeared be Christian homes and businesses, sparking renewed fears that Sunni insurgents want to drive Christians out and reignite sectarian warfare.
One Christian man said: “There is no need to ask who is behind this! It’s obvious! But we don’t want to say who or which side. There was the church attack before, and now this. It’s obvious who’s to blame.”
He was referring to a brazen assault on a Catholic church in Baghdad ten days ago which left 52 people dead.
Last weekend, a senior Iraqi cleric now living in exile in London urged Christians to flee Iraq because of the increasing danger.
The latest violence comes as top-level talks to break Iraq’s seven-month political deadlock broke up without agreement.