Suicide attack kills 3 at Christian massacre memorial in Syria
BEIRUT—Three people were killed in northeast Syria on Monday when a suicide bomber attacked an event commemorating the massacre of Christians more than a century ago, state media and a security source said.
The attack in the city of Qamishli took place as locals gathered at a hall to commemorate the deaths of tens of thousands of Christians by the Ottoman army starting in 1915 in what is known as the Sayfo (“Sword”) massacre.
A photographer working with AFP and attending the event said he heard the blast and saw pieces of flesh lying next to damaged cars.
“The suicide attacker tried to enter the hall where people were gathered but was stopped by local security forces, and he detonated himself among them,” a security source at the scene told AFP. The security forces belonged to the Sotoro, a Christian militia based in Syria’s northeast.
“Three Sotoro members were killed and five wounded,” the secu- rity source said.
One Sotoro member told AFP that the suicide bomber “detonated himself near our checkpoint after he couldn’t reach his real target, Patriarch Ignatius.”
Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II is the head of the Syriac Orthodox church and was leading the commemoration. Syria’s state news agency SANA also reported
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Othree people killed in a “terrorist suicide explosion” in
Qamishli but did not specify whether they were civilians or security forces.
Situated along the border with Turkey, Qamishli has been regularly targeted by suicide bombings, many of which have been claimed by the ISIS jihadist group.—Agencies