Tight security measures on Kirkuk churches

| September 11, 2010

Ahlul Bayt News Agency ; KIRKUK, Iraq — The Kirkuk Districts’ Police Department imposed on Saturday stringent security measures on churches in Kirkuk over concerns about possible “terrorist and sabotage” acts in light of a U.S. pastor’s calls to burn books of the Quran on the 9/11 anniversary, according to the KDPD chief.

“Intensive deployment of policemen was in place on churches in the city of Kirkuk as part of a plan already taken for the Eidul-Fitr holiday,” Brig. Sarhad Qader told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

A Quran burning ceremony to take place at a Florida church on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks has provoked international condemnation from military and political leaders to celebrities.

It is feared the event at the Dove World Outreach Centre, an evangelical church in Gainesville, will put the lives of coalition forces serving in Afghanistan at risk and inflame religious tensions worldwide.

Senior figures in the US have denounced the ceremony, which marks the ninth anniversary of the terrorist atrocities, as contrary to American values, while religious figures from around the globe branded the move “abhorrent” and “disrespectful”.

The oil-rich Kirkuk, a city of multi-ethnic and multi-religious population, lies 250 km northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

 

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