A senior bishop in Iraq has demanded that the provincial government provide increased security for the region's Christians following another attack on a church last week.
Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Syrian Catholic Archbishop Yohanna Petros Mouche of Kirkuk called on politicians to guarantee better protection.
According to the archbishop, the terrorist car-bomb attack on Kirkuk’s Holy Family Church was only possible because of inadequate security in the province.
He said, “The local government is weak and unable to assure security and stability in the region.”
The archbishop said the responsibility lay with political leaders who were more concerned with their own status than the concerns of ordinary citizens [more].