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Three killed in attack on Christian neighborhood in Syria

Islamic State group claims responsibility, archbishop says

January 26, 2016

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An attack on a mostly Christian neighborhood in Syria killed three people and wounded 10 others.

The bomb attack occurred Jan. 24 in the northeastern Kurdish city of Qamishli.

"All three of the victims are Christians: a Chaldean and two Syrian Orthodox" Syriac Catholic Archbishop Jacques Hindo of Hassakeh told Fides, information service of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

"At the moment there are rumors that say [the Islamic State group] claimed responsibility for the attack. But there are those who link the attacks to the recent clashes between Kurdish militias, who aim to control the neighborhood, and the self-defense group Sootoro who are active, and are composed of young Christians, Syrians and Assyrians, who are active in that neighborhood," the archbishop said.

"So many people think that behind the bombing there could also be Kurdish masterminds and executors. It is another disturbing factor of this war: there is terrorism, but sometimes we do not know who really terrifies us," he said.


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