“We were going for our education and they presented us with bombs,” said Jamil Salahuddin Jamil, 25, a sophomore geography major, who was on board the lead bus. “I still do not know what they want from Christians.”
The buses were escorted by Iraqi soldiers because of past threats and attacks against Christians in the area, according to a security official in Mosul who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the attack with the news media.
After the first buses crossed the checkpoint, a car bomb parked on the shoulder of the highway blew up in their path. Shortly afterward, a roadside bomb exploded, the official said.
The attack happened in an industrial area known as Kokjali, the official said. The owner of a nearby car repair shop was killed and at least 70 students were wounded, some severely, he said.
Mr. Jamil, who spoke from his hospital bed in the town of Qaraqosh, halfway between Mosul and the Kurdish regional capital, Erbil, said one of his classmates lost her leg in the attack and two others were blinded.
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