Qamishli, Syria (AINA) -- Three explosions targeted Assyrian businesses in Qamishli, Syria today. The first was at the Miami restaurant and the second at the Gabriel restaurant, both owned by Assyrians. The restaurants are in an Assyrian neighborhood and commercial district in the center of the city. The explosions at Miami and Gabriel restaurants occurred within minutes of each other.
A third attack targeted the Youth Restaurant, in the western part of Qamishli, which is also owned by Assyrians.
One of the attacks was by a suicide bomber, and the other two are also believed to have been perpetrated by suicide bombers.
According to a spokesman from the Assyrian Democratic Organization, at least 16 people were killed, 14 of them Assyrians, in the three blasts and dozens were injured. Some news agencies are reporting a death toll as high as 30.
According to the Amaq news agency, which supports jihadists, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The following are the names of 13 of the Assyrians who were killed:
- Ramy Tarzi Bashi
- Aboud Hagiki
- Robert Krio
- Eli Kaspo
- Issa Hanna
- Anton Joseph
- Eliamo Malke
- Nedal Abdo
- Marwan Shamoun
- Danny Hanna
- Shabo Malke
- Jack Tuma
- Robert Hegame
The following photos of 11 of the Assyrians who were killed: