Iraq beefs up security after attacks on Christians

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi authorities have imposed vehicle bans in two mostly Christian towns and are increasing security around churches in Baghdad after attacks there that targeted the Christian minority.

The measures follow a series of bombings in or near churches that killed at least four people Sunday. One attack happened as worshippers were leaving Mass in eastern Baghdad.

Fearing car bombs, authorities on Monday imposed vehicle bans in the towns of Tilkaif and Hamdaniyah, predominantly Christian towns near the northern city of Mosul.

Iraq's Christians have often been targeted by Islamic extremists, and many have fled the country despite an overall drop in violence in the past two years.

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