Bombs target Iraq’s Christian minority

000243d710dr1.jpgTwo bombs killed one person and injured 100 others in northern Iraq in what police said appeared to be an attack on the country’s Christian minority.

A car bomb and a roadside bomb went off near buses carrying university students close to Mosul. The dead man was a Christian shop owner near the blast scene, police said.

The buses were transporting the students from the mainly Christian town of Hamdaniya, 40km east of Mosul.

Advertisement’All of them were Christian students. They go in buses like that to Mosul’s university after the troubled times when Christians were targeted in the past,’ Nissan Karoumi, mayor of Hamdaniya said.

Tensions have risen since a 7 March parliamentary election that produced no clear winner and left a power vacuum as political factions jockey for position in a new government.