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At least 45 killed in ISIS terror attack at Shi’ite holy site in Syria

Car bomb and two suicide bombers explode near grave of the holy Zaynab, the daughter of the Imam Ali, where Hezbollah and other Shi’ite militias gather; ISIS claims responsibility for attack.

Roi Kais

At least 45 people were killed and some 40 others wounded on Sunday in a terror attack at a southern district of Damascus where Syria’s holiest Shi’ite shrine is located.

There were three explosions near the Tomb of the holy Zaynab, the daughter of Ali ibn Abi Taleb, the cousin of Prophet Mohammed whom Shi’ites consider the rightful successor to the prophet. The dispute over the succession led to the major Sunni-Shi’ite schism in Islam.

The heavily populated area is a site of pilgrimage for Shi’ites from Iran, Lebanon and other parts of the Muslim world.

A Syrian Interior Minister official told the state news agency SANA that a car bomb first went off at a bus terminal, and two suicide bombers then blew up among the people who gathered to help the wounded.


The Sayeda Zaynab shrine area witnessed heavy clashes in the first few years of the conflict, which began in 2011, but has since been secured by the Syrian


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