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Iraq militants attack Catholic church

Police and eyewitnesses said militants attacked a southern Baghdad Catholic church yesterday, setting it ablaze.

Associated Press said that a huge explosion at the church in the southern Doura neighbourhood left about 20 people injured, said a policeman who declined to give his name.

Eyewitness Mohammed Aziz said that strong explosions rocked the area.

"Half an hour ago, I felt my house shaking three times and then saw the fire set in the church," he said.

Police sealed off the area and fired bullets in the air to disperse the crowd, said another witness, Lyon Emad Elias, whose home faces the church.

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9 Nov 2004