January 2016 Sayyidah Zaynab attack

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
Number 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]

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Coordinates: 33°26′40″N 36°20′27″E / 33.4444°N 36.3408°E / 33.4444; 36.3408

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