January 2016 Sayyidah Zaynab attack

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January 2016 Sayyidah Zaynab massacre
Part of Syrian Civil War
Location Sayyidah Zaynab, Rif Dimashq Governorate, Syria
Date 31 January 2016
Target Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque, Shii'te population
Attack type
Mass murder
Weapons Car bombs[1]
Deaths 71 (including 42 Syrian army and Shi'ite fighters)[1]
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
No. of participants
Motive Sectarian

On 31 January 2016, two suicide bombs and a car bomb exploded in the mainly Shi'ite town of Sayyidah Zaynab near Syria's holiest[2] Shi'ite shrine, the Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque. At least 60 people were killed including 25 Shi'ite fighters and another 110 people were wounded in the explosions.[1][3][4][5][6][7] The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the attack.[1] This is second time the Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque shrine has been targeted; in February 2015 two suicide attacks killed four people and wounded thirteen.[1]

The death toll rose to 71, including 42 Syrian army and Shi'ite fighters as well as 29 civilians.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Dozens killed in three blasts near shrine in Damascus". Al Jazeera. 31 January 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  2. ^ Reuters. "Damascus Blasts: At Least 60 Dead in Bombings Near Sayeda Zeinab Shrine". NBC News.
  3. ^ "Syria conflict: Dozens killed near Sayyida Zeinab shrine". BBC News. 31 January 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  4. ^ "At least 60 killed, 110 wounded in Damascus suburb bombings, ISIS claims responsibility". Reuters. 31 January 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Suicide Bombings Kill at Least 45 Near Damascus". The New York Times. 1 February 2016.
  6. ^ "ISIS Twin Suicide Attack Kills at Least 60 in Syrian Capital". Haaretz.com.
  7. ^ "ISIS Attacks in Damascus felt at Syria Peace Talks". Newsweek Europe. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Syria conflict: Dozens killed near Sayyida Zeinab shrine - BBC News". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-02-21.

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