Seventh Christian church bombed in Iraq

July 13, 2009 at 7:39 AM

BAGHDAD, July 13 (UPI) -- A Christian church in Iraq was bombed Monday, injuring three children in the latest violent act against a Christian house of worship, Iraqi officials said.

An Iraqi Interior Ministry official said Monday's bombing -- the seventh in recent days -- occurred when a car bomb exploded and damaged the church in Mosul, CNN reported.

Six churches in the Baghdad area were bombed during the weekend, killing four people and wounding 32 others, officials said.

"This is going to make the Christians scared," Bishop Shlemon Warduni, who was in his office in a Christian church in Baghdad bombed Sunday, told the Los Angeles Times. "They will be scared to come to services, and maybe more will leave the country."

Meanwhile, an explosive device detonated beside a convoy in which U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill was traveling in southern Iraq Sunday. No injuries were reported in Hill's convoy in Dhi Qar province when the small improvised device exploded, U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Susan Ziadeh said.

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