VIDEO: ISIS Claims 3 Bomb Attack Near Sayyida Zeinab Shrine in Syria

Mon Apr 25, 2016 13:58:58

At least 71 people reported dead and dozens wounded in three explosions near Shia shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, south of Syrian capital, “middle east eye” reports.

At least 71 people were killed in three bombings claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL , IS and Daesh) terror group near the Shia Sayyida Zeinab shrine south of the Syrian capital Damascus, AFP reported.

Syrian State news agency SANA said 100 others were wounded in a car bomb attack and two suicide bombings on Sunday, citing an interior ministry source.

Reuters reported 60 dead, including 25 Government forces.

The Sayyida Zeinab mosque contains the grave of a granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammad and is particularly revered as a pilgrimage site by Shia Muslims.

It has been targeted before, including in February 2015, when two suicide attacks killed four people and wounded 13 at a checkpoint near the shrine.

Also that month, a blast ripped through a bus carrying Lebanese Shia pilgrims headed to Sayyida Zeinab, killing at least nine people, in an attack claimed by al-Qaeda affiliate, the al-Nusra Front.

The ISIS group claimed it carried out the attack on Sunday. In a statement the group said two of its fighters had detonated suicide bombs near the shrine.

"Two soldiers of the caliphate carried out … operations in …. in the Sayyida Zeinab area, killing nearly 50 and injuring around 120," the group said.

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