40 Shia pilgrims killed
BEIRUT: Twin blasts near shrines frequented by Shia in the Syrian capital of Damascus yesterday killed at least 40 people, most of them Iraqis, according to Syrian and Iraqi officials.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attacks. Islamic State militants have carried out similar attacks before against Shia shrines in the Syrian capital and elsewhere. Extremist Sunni groups, such as IS, view Shia as apostates and consider shrines a form of idolatry.
Interior Minister Mohammed al-Shaar visited the wounded in hospitals. He said 40 were killed and 120 were wounded. He said the attacks targeted civilians, including Arab visitors, who were touring area’s shrines.