42 Killed in Attacks Across Iraq

    An awakening council member stands guard while women walk through the site of a bombing in a Christian section of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Militants in Iraq targeted Christians in two separate bomb attacks in Baghdad, officials said. The Christmas Day attacks brought the total number of people killed so far this month in Iraq to 441. According to U.N. estimates, more than 8,000 people have been killed since the start of the year. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

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    Predominantly Christian areas were the targets of attacks that killed at least 42 people and injured 84 others across Iraq Wednesday. 27 were killed when a car bomb exploded near a church in the southern part of Baghdad where people were leaving a Christmas celebration. In a marketplace in another majority-Christian area, three roadside bombs went off in a row killing 11. Two police officers and one soldier were also killed when a gunman opened fire on a police and army checkpoint near Tikrit, the capital of the northern central province Salahudin. Christians have been the targets of recurrent attacks since the U.S. and allies invaded in 2003.

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