Qamishli, Syria, Jul 12, 2019 / 15:18 pm
A car bomb exploded near a Syriac Orthodox church in Qamishli Thursday, injuring about 11 people. It is unclear who is responsible for the attack.
According to AFP, the July 11 bombing "slightly dented" the metal gate of the Church of the Virgin Mary located in the al-Wasta neighborhood of Qamishli, in Syria's Al-Hasakah Governorate on the border with Turkey.
Sana, the Syrian state news agency, reported that the blast caused "material damage to parts of the church, shops and cars."
Ignatius Aphrem II, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, "condemned with the strongest terms this coward terrorist act, considering that the perpetrators of the explosion aim to create an atmosphere of worry and chaos among citizens and destabilize the situation in the region," Sana reported.