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A Pernicious Evil Act ...

Our community in Britain shares, with the people of Iraq, the feelings of revulsion, horror and shock over the latest sadistic terrorist attacks. These crimes deserve all condemnation. Yesterday’s terror came hours after a memorial service for some of the 52 people killed on Sunday, when nihilists stormed Our Lady of Salvation Catholic Church in Baghdad. Many churches have been bombed in recent years, including Our Lady of Salvation in August 2004.

Christians, many from ancient denominations, have been leaving Iraq in droves, and only about 600,000 remain. Iraq's top Catholic Prelate, Chaldean Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, urged the Iraqi government to protect the nation's Christian community and not let their promises just be ink on paper.

Tuesday’s death toll so far has reached 64 with 360 wounded, the attack was targeted at civilians, with 14 car bombs exploded all over Baghdad within an hour, hitting the following neighbourhoods: Sadr, Kathimiya, Al Hussainia, two in Shuala, Chikouk targeted a Shiite mosque, Greaat, Bayaa, Al Jihad, Dora, Al Ameen, Ur, Rahmaniya, Amil. Iraqi security forces managed to defuse two car bombs before it explode. Two roadside bombs in Kamaliyah. Mortar shells slammed into Ghazaliya and New Baghdad.

“This is happening in a country that broke the world record for the longest gap between an election and the formation of a government, 240 days after a poll back in March. Voters of all stripes are sick of the deadlock and it is wholly unacceptable. The election-day enthusiasm has been replaced with weariness and frustration, which may spark again the sectarian violence.” Said Jabbar Hasan of Iraqi Association in Hammersmith, west London.

Violence has spiked sharply across Iraq in recent months, between June and September, 784 Iraqis were killed and nearly 3,000 were wounded in acts of violence.

We are calling for swift justice and punishment of the perpetrators, and offer our sympathies to the victims and their families. These barbaric attacks must be condemned, and the condemnation must be without reservation.

For more information please contact Jabbar 020 8741 5491 Email: info@iraqiassociation.org

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