Christians targeted in Baghdad
Three bombs have gone off across the Iraqi capital killing at least 34 and wounding several others.
BAGHDAD - At least 34 people have been killed in bomb attacks in Christian areas of Baghdad, some by a car bomb that exploded near a church after a Christmas service.
The car bomb killed at least 24 people, most of them Christian, when worshippers were leaving a church in the Doura district of southern Baghdad.
Two bombs also went off in a crowded market in a mostly Christian area in Doura, killing another 10 people.
Violence in Iraq has risen to its worst levels in more than five years as hard-line Sunni militants linked to al-Qaeda step up attacks on the Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and anyone seen as supporting it.
The minority Christian community has been a target of attacks by al-Qaeda militants in the past, including a 2010 attack on a church that killed dozens of people.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.