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Christmas car bomb targeting Iraq church kills 17

Published on Dec 25, 2013 7:12 PM

BAGHDAD (AFP) - A car bomb targeted a church in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday as worshippers left after a Christmas service, killing at least 17 people, most of them Christians, security officials said.

The blast in the Dura area of south Baghdad also wounded more than 34 people, the sources said.

"The attack targeted the church, and most of the martyrs are Christians," a police colonel told AFP. "The attack on St John church occurred when worshippers were leaving the church" after a service.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

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