Terrorists Target Iraqi Christians Again in Baghdad

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Islamic militants in Iraq have made good on their threat to keep up their attacks on the country's minority community of Christians.

Five people are dead and 19 were wounded in a series of bombings in Christian neighborhoods in Baghdad. The new attacks came just two weeks after 58 people died when a group linked to al Qaeda seized the main Baghdad Catholic cathedral, Our Lady of Salvation.

Police said at least 11 roadside bombs exploded within an hour of each other in three predominately Christian areas of central Baghdad early Wednesday.

"These attacks are not targeting only Christians, but also the government that has promised to protect the Christians," said Younadem Kana, a Christian member of the Iraqi parliament. He added that Wednesday's bombings exposed "grave flaws in the structure and the work of Iraq's security forces."

The militants have warned all Iraqi Christians to leave the country or face death.

The threat has left many Christians in the country wondering whether it was time to flee.

"We were terrified by the explosions," said Juleit Hana, a 33-year-old Christian who lives in one of the neighborhoods targeted Wednesday. She was having breakfast with her daughter when she heard the bombs go off. She vowed to leave the country.

"It's not worth staying in a country where the government is not able to protect you even when you are sitting in your house."

Christianity came to Iraq hundreds of years before Islam. More than a half million Christians have fled the country since 2003.

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