MADRID, 11 Nov. –
The jihadist group Islamic State has claimed on Monday the authorship of the murder of a priest of the Armenian Catholic Church and his father in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor (northeast), hours after the event.
According to information collected by SITE Intelligence Group, an agency specialized in monitoring terrorist groups, Islamic State has also published the priest's identity card.
The priest has been identified as Husib Ibrahim Bidoyan, head of the Armenian Catholic Church in the city of Qamishli, located in the province of Hasaka, as reported by the Syrian state news agency, SANA.
For its part, the Rojava Information Center has indicated that the victims are Hanna Ibrahim and her father, Ibrahim Hanna Bido, and added that the priest was traveling to Deir Ezzor to lead the restoration work of an Armenian church.
In Deir Ezzor there is a church and a memorial in honor of the Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide, although the church was destroyed with explosives in 2014, an event attributed to followers of Islamic State or the former Nusra Front, al Qaeda branch in the Arab country
Islamic State has increased its attacks in the wake of the Turkish military offensive against Kurdish forces that controlled northern and northeastern Syria to establish a 'safe zone' that would move militia away from its border.
This same Monday six people have died and 22 have been injured due to the explosion of three bombs in the city of Qamishli, although for now no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in London and informants in the Arab country, has detailed that two car bombs have exploded on Al Uehda Street and near a hotel located in the local market, while a bomb has Exploited near a school.
The Rojava Information Center has published photographs of the places of the attacks and highlighted that the hotel reached is the Elbe, before adding that one of the explosions has caused damage to a Chaldean church in the city.
In the city there are at least eleven churches of various Christian confessions, including four Orthodox Syriacs, two Assyrians, and a Chaldean, an Armenian – headed by the priest killed by Islamic State -, a Catholic, an apostolic and a Protestant.