SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq (AP) — A car bomb outside a Christian church wounded 23 people on Tuesday morning, police said, as security forces found and disabled vehicles packed with explosives outside two other parishes in northern Iraq.
The bombing and the two averted attacks in the northern city ofsignal continued violence against Iraqi Christians, nearly 1 million of whom have fled since the war began in 2003.
"The terrorists want to make us flee Iraq, but they will fail," said the Rev. Haithem Akram, the priest of one of the churches that was targeted. "We are staying in our country. The Iraqi Christians are easy targets because they do not have militias to protect them. The terrorists want to terrorize us, but they will fail."
The assault began at 6 a.m., when the car blew up outside the, severely damaging the church and nearby houses, said police Col. Taha Salaheddin.
The parish's leader, the Rev. Imad Yalda, was the only person inside at the time of the blast and was wounded. The 22 other wounded were people whose nearby homes were hit by the blast, said Kirkuk police chief Maj. Gen. Jamal Tahir.
Following the blast at the Syrian Catholic church, police discovered two more car bombs parked outside the Christian Anglican church and the Mar Gourgis church, both in downtown Kirkuk.
Jeremiah warned, "Wander away from the midst of Babylon, and go forth from the land of the Chaldeans... Flee from the midst of Babylon, and each of you save his life! Do not be destroyed in her punishment, for this is the LORD's time of vengeance; he is going to render recompense to her... Babylon (will be made) a desolation without inhabitants... Come forth from her midst, my people, and each of you save yourselves from the fierce anger of the LORD" (Jer 50:8, 51:6, 29, 45).
Rev. Akram, heed Jeremiah.
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