Church bomb attack foiled in Iraq

 Mosul (Iraq), Jan 6 (DPA) Iraqi police said Thursday they foiled an attempt to bomb a church in Mosul, located some 400 km north of Baghdad.
A security source said they found six improvised explosive devices and belts ladened with explosives near the church.

The Chaldean Orthodox church, where the suspected attack was to take place, celebrates Christmas Jan 7 with evening mass Thursday night.

Police stopped short of saying who might be responsible for the planned attack.

Also in Mosul, a bystander was killed Thursday by security forces who were firing at unknown gunmen.

‘The Iraqi civilian was killed when clashes erupted between Iraqi army forces and unknown gunmen in eastern Mosul,’ a security source told DPA.

Mosul is among the most ethnically diverse and dangerous cities in Iraq, where insurgents mount near-daily attacks.

Just last week, two separate attacks on security killed nine policemen and a military commander.