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Two Killed In Bomb Attacks On Christian Homes In Iraq

Iraq's Interior Ministry says militants have launched a series of bomb attacks on Christian homes in Baghdad, killing two people and wounding 16 others.

Police say assailants in southwest Baghdad threw explosives into the home of a Christian family, causing the two fatalities and injuring five others.

Other attacks took place in eastern and western Baghdad.

Officials say the attacks are meant to prevent Christians from celebrating the New Year's holiday.

The latest incidents follow a series of deadly attacks on Iraq's tiny Christian minority over the past two months.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest blasts, but such attacks are believed to be the work of Sunni militants linked to Al-Qaeda.

compiled from agency reports