The Islamic State has carried out terrorist attacks in Syria which targeted Assyrian Christian restaurants and took the lives of 16 people.
According to CBN news, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for three bombings that hit Christian restaurants in Qamishli in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah. The bombings killed 16 and wounded more than 45 others.
Hasakah mourned the victims of the attacks by cancelling its New Year’s Eve celebrations.
“We dedicate this evening to prayers for the victims of those attacks," a joint statement by the Assyrian-Syriac Churches of Hasakah province said. "We pray for our region and country amid the bloody war that claims lives of civilians everyday."
Father Touni Hannah condemned the attacks and admonished people to avoid gathering in public places so that future attacks might be avoided.
“We hope the year 2016 would bring peace to Syria and the region after years of bloodshed," he said.