Thursday, June 27, 2013

Suicide Bombing near the Maryamiyya Cathedral-- Patriarch John X is Safe

Arabic original here.

An-Nahar has learned from sources at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Bab Touma, Damascus that the explosion near the patriarchal residence was caused by an explosive device and that it happened after Patriarch John X Yazigi entered the monastery. He is safe and sound.

The official source said that four people were killed and more were wounded after two suicide bombers blew themselves up near the benevolent association [Dar al-Ihsan] and the Maryamiyya Cathedral, headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. He added that one of the suicide bombers was killed in the explosion, while the second was wounded and apprehended by Syrian security forces and transported to the hospital.

It is worth noting that the explosion occurred during the distribution of food to the needy at the [Shiite] benevolent association and that those who were killed and wounded were waiting to receive their food assistance.

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