Buses of Christian Students Bombed in
MOSUL, Iraq, MAY 3, 2010 (Zenit.org ).- Four people
were killed and 171 were wounded Sunday when a bus convoy carrying
Christian students to the University of Mosul was attacked.
Archbishop Emil Nona told the Italian bishops' news service about the
There was first an explosive device and
then a car bomb that reached three of the buses. Each bus takes about 50
students, ranging in age from 18 to 26.
After the explosions,
dozens of the young people were taken to hospitals in Erbil. Seventeen
continued in graved condition.
"We are seeing another, the
umpteenth, attack against Christians," Archbishop Nona said. "The
violence continues without relief."
An auxiliary of the Chaldean
Patriarch, Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad, lamented today that no one
in the administration had spoken out to express solidarity with the
"Truly, we do not know what to do with this
violence," he said.
Redemptorist Father Bashar Warda lamented
that the attack was particularly shocking because it was not against
soldiers or the military, "but just students, who had their books, their
pens and their dreams to grow up and serve their county."