A suicide bomber targets Christians in Syria’ Qamishli, killing 3. The suicide bombing hit commemoration of Christian martyrs’ event on Sunday, June 19. The bomber blew himself up among assembly of Christians which was paying homage to tens and thousands of Christians massacred by Ottoman army 101 years ago.
The commemoration ceremony of the massacre of Christians commonly referred to as the Sayfo massacre, was a targeted attack and thus far none of the terror groups have claimed responsibility. The Syrian authorities disclosed that the bomber disguised himself as a priest, and tried to enter the main hall where people were assembled, however was stopped outside by security.
“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 personnel said. It has been speculated that Syriac Orthodox Church patriarch, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II,was the main target of the suicide bomber.
When stopped outside, the bomber “detonated himself near our checkpoint after he couldn’t reach his real target, Patriarch Ignatius,” an official said.The blast occurred at an area that is home to a large number of Assyrian Christians, consequently, three Christians were dead, and five wounded.
The three killed belonged to Sotoro; a Christian militia however, they have not been identified as yet. The five who were injured were identified as Riad Habsuno, Siwar Hassan, Fayez Farman, Gawriye Ado and Marios Malke.