Anti-Christian Attacks Spark Fears of Ethnic Cleansing
The stream of violence against Christians around the world has some cautioning that extremist Muslims are trying to wipe out Christian minorities entirely.

Baghdad Church Attack/Bombing

Nov. 1, 2010: BAGHDAD, Iraq

Residents gather outside Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad a day after an Al Qaeda-linked attack killed 58 people and wounded 78. Islamic gunmen seized the church on Oct. 31, killed the priest and started picking off parishioners. When Iraqi forces entered the building to rescue the victims, a firefight ensued and at least one of the extremists set off explosives. The attack was the worst ever against Iraq's Christian minority. 


Nigeria Christmas Eve Church Attacks

Dec. 25, 2010: MAIDUGURI, Nigeria

Bystanders gather around a burned car outside the Victory Baptist Church in Maiduguri, Nigeria, a day after police say dozens of armed men from the radical Muslim sect Boko Haram attacked the church. During the attack, the pastor was dragged out of his home and fatally shot. Also killed were two young choir members rehearsing inside the church and two passers-by. The church and pastor's house was set on fire. 

An hour later, the pastor at the Church of Christ in Nigeria across the city said three men attacked that church, killing a 60-year-old security guard. 

In addition, 32 more people died and 74 were wounded that day in a series of bombings in Nigeria's central city of Jos.


Nigeria Christmas Eve Bombings

Dec. 25, 2010: JOS, Nigeria 

People look at the wreckage of one of a string of explosions that ripped through Nigeria's central city of Jos through the Christmas holidays, killing 32 and wounding  74. Two bombs went off near a large market full of last-minute Christmas shoppers. A third hit a mainly Christian area of Jos. The fourth was near a road that leads to the city's main mosque. It was the worst violence to hit the region in months. 

The bombings took place the same day two other Nigerian churches were attacked in Maiduguri, about 320 miles away.  


Phillippines Christmas Church Bombing

Dec. 25, 2010: JOLO, Sulu Province, Philippines

Philippine National Police investigators inspect the damage to the Sacred Heart Catholic chapel following an explosion during a Christmas Day Mass that wounded a priest and 10 churchgoers. 

The improvised explosive device was hidden in a ventilation window close to the ceiling of the chapel, which is located inside a police camp in Jolo town on Jolo Island, a stronghold of Al Qaeda-linked militants, Sulu provincial police said.


Iraq New Year's Eve Bombings

Dec. 31, 2010: BAGHDAD, Iraq

A man stands next to the blood of two Iraqi Christians killed after finding a bomb at their front gate on New Year's Eve. Eleven of 15 bombs placed around homes in Christian areas of Baghdad exploded that day, killing two people and wounding at least 13 others.


Egypt New Year Church Bombing

Jan. 1, 2011: ALEXANDRIA, Egypt

A vehicle burns following a blast outside a church in the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria.

About a half hour into the new year, a bomber detonated explosives outside the Saints Church in Alexandria, where nearly 1,000 Christians were attending the midnight Mass. The powerful blast -- originally thought to be a car bomb -- killed 23 and injured more than 100. 

Officials suspect an Al Qaeda-inspired bomber was behind the attack.


Punjab Governor Assasinated

January 17, 2011: ISLAMABAD, Pakistan

Supporters of various religious parties burn the image of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, left, on a banner during a protest to show their support for Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri in Lahore, the guard who assassinated him. 

Taseer was shot dead on Jan. 4 in Islamabad by Qadri, one of his own guards, after defending a Christian woman sentenced to death in accordance with the country's relatively new blasphemy law.

The other images on the banner are Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, top right, Benazir Bhutto, top center, and Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari, and written on the banner in urdu: 'The blood of martyrs will bear fruit.'


Egypt Train Shooting

Jan. 12, 2011: CAIRO, Egypt

Loved ones carry the coffin of a 71-year-old Christian man during a funeral service at a Cairo church. The man was killed the day before, when an off-duty Muslim policeman boarded a train and opened fire in southern Egypt, also wounding five Christian women.

It was unclear whether he was purposely targeting Christians, but Christian women are generally identifiable in the region because traditionally they don't wear head scarves, while the Muslim women do.


Anti-Christian Attacks Spark Fears of Ethnic Cleansing

The stream of violence against Christians around the world has some cautioning that extremist Muslims are trying to wipe out Christian minorities entirely.

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