May 2nd, 2010
09:40 AM ET

1 dead, 80 wounded in Iraq bombings

(CNN) - At least one person was killed and 80 others wounded in a double bombing near the northern city of Mosul on Sunday, according to police.

A parked car bomb and a roadside bomb detonated in quick succession in Kokjali, east of Mosul, striking buses transporting mostly Christian university students.

Minorities in Iraq, especially in the north of the country, including Christians, have been frequently targeted by militant groups.

Although the overall levels of violence across the country have dropped drastically compared to the height of the sectarian war in 2006 and 2007, official figures showed an increase in civilian casualties last month.

At least 274 civilians were killed in April compared to 216 in March and 211 in February, according to Interior Ministry figures.

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  1. Emma

    An under reported and understated news story. The actual deaths according to the Al-Hamdania hospital is 144. These stories about the persecution of Iraqi Christians are not covered by the media. Why is it that this massacre is only mentioned on the blog? and not on the main news headline is beyond me and is absolutely disgusting.

    May 2, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Donald

    Actually, the number of deaths is one. I should know because this event occured near my location and I was one of the first-responders. I was personally tasked with gathering information from the Iraqi Army and Iraqi Police regarding personnel killed and/or wounded.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. someone close

    your both dumb..

    May 2, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Yasser

    Who is the genius that can't even use "your" correctly. It's "you're" smart guy! Two intelligent comments from people who aren't even in the country of Iraq (Emma and Someone Close), let alone Mosul.

    May 2, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. From Baghdeda / Qarahqosh, Iraq.

    Just quick clarification, The Christian Students mentioned in the news ar NOT from Kokjali, the students are from Baghdeda / Qarahqosh in Iraq. Baghdeda / Qarahqosh dominations are 100% Christian’s people who travel in daily bases to Mosul for work and study. Nowadays the Christian in Iraq are the best and easy bite for terrorist and phonetic people who hate peace and Christians, so we are the victims. World does NOT concider Christian people are subject to be protected and secured for simple reason which is Christian does not affect the world interests, so Christian to be killed in Iraq is OK for the rest of the world and specially for the countries who created this chaos. Ironically world seeking for peace and humanitarians, all is BS! Sorry. Weakley talking, I guess we have the only one who can protect us who is Lord Jesus Chris although our Christian people’s blood will be the price of our life.

    May 2, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sargon

    This is ridiculous. Why doesn't the U.S. Army do anything to stop the horrific attempts of Iraqi Christian genocide?!

    May 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Maleka

    When Assyrians and Chaldeans die in Iraq CNN and the other networks intentionally under-report if they give any coverage at all. Americans feel ok about themselves when they think Muslims are being killed as a result of occupying and destroying a country. The networks would not want Americans to fully understand that we are responsible for the re-destruction of one of the oldest Christian communities on earth.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Devin

    Emma,
    Due to the fact every day there is a different bombing, I think there would not be enough room on the front page. Killings happen everday dont expect to see them all on homepage cnn.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Susan

    If you think that killing happens everyday, and there will not enough space to report such a tragedy. How come they report every earthquake or flood happening around the world, and in the nationally. Or report killing and kidnapping nationally, all the cases. Such tragedy happened in a country that ruled by a religious other than Christian, and it is been the case when I was living in that country, Christian people has been treated differently and unfairly in the muslin countries. Especially, Assyrians are treated as minorities in the middle east countries. United nation should get involved in this case, and if it is not the Iraqi Muslim' involvement, then it has to be a group of destroyers from Arab countries around Iraq, who do not want Iraq to prosper and the people living there to get on with their lives and finally have some peace.

    However, history proves it that Assyrians owned that country, and they have culture and history to prove such information. If Arab think they can drive Assyrians from Iraq, they are mistaken, once again all Assyrians will reunite in Iraq, the land between the two famous rivers as it is stated in the Old Testament.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. ziad

    yes i agree with you . since iraqi christian are the minority and america has no any interest with such minority who cant make any decition in behalf of western interest, so its ok to kill christian in iraq . you are america came to iraq for human right issue but we are christian we lost all our rights since 2003. stop making false allegation. you dont care and you never care about human right . look to saudi arabia who is number one of terorism in the world who attack you in 9/11, and stiil behead and cut the hand of their people yet no any of your leades dare to talk with her becaus you have oil interest with saudi arabia. unforchuntly our GOD become the money and no one worship the real GOD but GOD will come soon and save his peopl

    May 3, 2010 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. John

    The death toll is greater than 1. We have family and friends who are in that town who know the injured and/or deceased. The media tells you it was 'just another bombing' so that you don't think of it too seriously. Yes bombings are frequent these days but that's only because outside organisations and government departments don't realise or understand the ground level effects these murderous actions have on the the local citizens. The US Army claim they are providing safety and security for the people of Iraq, but does anyone see it? Because i sure as hell don't. Watch the youtube videos and try to imagine living there. I agree with Emma and Devin that's a sorry excuse. These events SHOULD receive more media attention, people are dieing. Instead what we get is justin bieber and kim kardashian on the 6 o'clock news

    May 3, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. An Assyrian

    In 2003 there were about 1,500,000 Assyrians in Iraq. After the U.S. attacks there are only 500,000 left and they are all being prosecuted and killed by Kurds(mostly) and Arabs.
    I wonder why no news channel covers all these. Assyrians have been witnessing genocides since 1915 and it still continues. 750,000 Assyrians died in 1915 which was about 2/3 of their population and very few countries have mentioned the word genocide.
    Will these killings ever stop?
    Back in 2003 some Assyrian parties were armed but after U.S.’s entrance to Iraq, they asked the people to give up their arms and were promised that they would be protected what protection are they having now except getting killed and being kicked out of their ancient homeland Mesopotamia.
    Sunday morning about 80 students were wounded, lots of them went blind because of the stone fragments used in bombs and the media doesn’t even mention any of these.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Donald

    It's no longer the responsibility of the US Army to provide security to this region. We're on our way out and security is in the hands of the Iraqi people and Iraqi Army and Iraqi police. We've trained the IA as well as anyone possibly can and they're in the lead now. No longer can US forces move through Mosul without clearence and an escort from the Iraqi Army. It's been their show for quite some time and we're slowly removing our footprint from this country.

    I've been in Mosul since November and this is the first notable bombing that I've experienced; I'd say that's pretty good considering it's reputation as a tubulent region.

    May 5, 2010 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. ziad

    mr donald . there are almost weekly attack on the christian minority or other non muslim minority in that region. yes again weekly attack since several years. so please be clear and dont deny the truth. 75 percent of christian leaft that region. dont measure the violance on one notable attack rather you have to look on overall attack in that region. let me tell you some thing since you removed the former regime, you will be responsible number 1 in that region untill last soldure leave iraq then i will accused the corrupted iraqqi government if the situation keep deteriorate further.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
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