Sixteen people are also wounded as worshipers leave evening Mass at one Baghdad church. Christians fear renewed persecution just days after U.S. forces withdrew from Iraqi cities.
By Liz Sly
1:04 PM PDT, July 12, 2009
Reporting from Baghdad -- Bombs exploded outside five churches around Baghdad on Sunday evening, killing four people and sowing fears among the country's dwindling Christian minority that they may be subject to a fresh round of persecution now that U.S. forces have withdrawn from Iraq's cities.
The four deaths occurred when a car bomb detonated outside the Virgin Mary Church in the east Baghdad neighborhood of Ghadeer as worshipers were leaving evening Mass. Sixteen people were wounded.