Three Sentenced to Death for Iraq Church Attack

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Three men involved in a Baghdad church bombing were sentenced to death Tuesday by an Iraqi court for planning the attack in October of last year.

"The Central Criminal Court on Tuesday issued verdicts of death penalties with hanging to three defendants for their involvement in the bombing of the Lady of Deliverance in Baghdad," spokesman of the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar told reporters.

The court also sentenced a fourth defendant to life imprisonment, Birqdar said.

He said the four co-defendants have a month to appeal their verdicts according to the Iraqi law.

Al Qaeda suicide bombers held members of the church hostage for hours before blowing themselves up. Sixty-eight people were killed.

The Iraqi Christian minority continues to be a constant target for Sunni Muslim extremists. Hundreds of Christians have been murdered due to the chaos and insecurity that engulfed Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

Despite the violence against them, Iraqi Christians still live in areas from Baghdad to the northern cities of the country, including Kirkuk and Mosul.

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