Nasiriyah's Wounded Included 12 Caritas-Iraq Workers

ROME, NOV. 16, 2003 ( At least 12 workers of Caritas-Iraq were wounded in last week’s suicide attack against the Italian military police base in Nasiriyah, in which 19 Italians and nine Iraqis were killed.

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Fiona Callister, a spokeswoman for CAFOD, the British Catholic agency for development, which collaborates with the Iraqi organization, relayed the news to the Missionary Service News Agency.

Following the Nov. 12 attack, Caritas-Iraq halted its activities in the southern Iraqi city.

The suicide bombing seriously damaged the Well Baby Center for undernourished and sick children, run jointly by Caritas-Iraq and the local Red Crescent Society, the Red Cross of Arab nations.

Seven of the 12 Caritas workers wounded in the attack, all Iraqis, already have been released from the hospital.

“Our thoughts go to the families of all those who lost their lives in the attack and the critically wounded,” said Faiq Bourachi, head of Caritas-Iraq. “We pray for the fallen Italian soldiers and Iraqi civilians of Nasiriyah.”

The organization has sent two trucks from Baghdad with emergency aid for Nasiriyah.

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