Syrian Orthodox Patriarch survives suicide-bombing attack
June 20, 2016
Syrian Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Efrem II Karim of Damascus survived an attack by a suicide bomber on June 19, but at least four people (including the bomber) were killed by the explosion.
The attack took place as the Syrian prelate was leading a remembrance ceremony for the victims of the genocidal Turkish campaign against Armenian and Assyrian Christians. The bomb exploded just outside the church in Qamishi, Syria, where the Patriarch blessed a memorial for the genocide victims.
Responsibility for the attack has not yet been established, but suspicions point toward the Islamic State.