Suicide Bomber Targets Memorial Service to Massacred Christians – At Least 3 Dead
A suicide bomber targeted a memorial service today commemorating the deaths of tens of thousands of Christians by the Ottoman Army in 1915.
At least three people were killed when the bomber detonated himself when he was confronted by security forces at the hall.
The Christian patriarch survived the blast.
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The patriarch dedicated the memorial before the attack.
Patriarch Aphrem II inaugurated a memorial in Qamishli in remembrance of the 1915 Ottoman genocide against Syriacs pic.twitter.com/Z6fCqYjlhe
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Three people were killed in northeast Syria on Sunday 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 security 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.”
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