Iraqi Church Bombing Leaves Christians In Fear

Another church has been attacked in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The bombing comes less than two weeks after a catholic and an evangelical church were targeted.

This latest attack on St Ephrem’s Syrian Orthodox church happened on 15 August while security staff spotted a vehicle carrying suspicious devices.

The parish priest escaped without injury.

We asked John Pontifex, the Head of Press and Information at Aid to the Church in Need, how the Iraqi government is responding to these attacks?

He says, “ this is the big question”.

Speaking to Lydia O’Kane he adds that the government authorities have promised to increase police protection around churches and will fund a rebuilding project around the latest church to be attacked. But John Pontifex says that the real question about “long term” reassurance of protection is not being answered.

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