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Attack on Christian neighborhood in Syrian city

January 26, 2016

A bomb blast in a Christian neighborhood of a Syrian city has left three dead and at least ten wounded.

The January 24 attack took place in Al-Qamishli, a Syrian city of 184,000 that is the capital of Rojava, a self-proclaimed autonomous territory also known as Syrian Kurdistan that is fighting against the Assad regime as well as the Islamic State.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a similar attack in Al-Qamishli in December. Syriac Catholic Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo of Hassaké-Nisibi told the Fides agency that the Islamic State and Kurdish militias are both rumored to be behind the current attack.

“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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