Islamic State militants blow up historic Syrian church on Easter Sunday

Islamic State militants blow up historic Syrian church on Easter Sunday

[Ed. – There’s no casualty count yet that I can find.  But the church being “leveled” suggests anyone who was in it is almost certainly dead.]

As Assyrian Christians were celebrating Easter Sunday, militants from the Islamic State blew up the 80-year-old church of the Virgin Mary in Tal Nasri village in the western countryside of Hasaka province, in northeastern Syria.

Since last February, Tal Nasri has been under the control of the jihadist group led by self-proclaimed Caliph al-Baghdadi. Fighters of Kurdish militias along with Christians who have taken up arms have been struggling for some time trying to regain control of the village.

According to reports, ISIS jihadists booby-trapped the church with explosives before detonating it. …

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According to the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA), the church has been “leveled.” …

In February, Islamist militants burned down the historic church of Tal Hurmoz, one of the oldest churches in Syria, and destroyed three other churches in the town of Tal Tamer in Hasaka province.

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