Suicide bombing of a bus in Damascus Kills 7 Lebanese pilgrims


lebanese bus bombed in damascusA suicide bombing of a bus ferrying Lebanese pilgrims around Shiite holy sites in Damascus exploded Sunday, killing at least seven people, according to Syrian activists and Lebanese media.

The bombing underscored the sectarian nature of Syria’s four-year war, and how neighboring Lebanon has become ensnared in the complex conflict.

The bombing wounded at least another 20 people as it shattered the vehicle near the Damascus citadel and the centuries-old Hamidiyeh bazaar, state-run media reported.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists inside Syria, said the blast killed seven people. Their death toll was slightly higher than that given by state-run media and al-Manar, the television channel run by the militant Lebanese Shiite groupHezbollah. Conflicting casualty tolls are routine in the aftermath of such attacks.

Footage broadcast on al-Manar showed a woman, seemingly in shock, lying on a hospital bed, her white shirt crimson with blood. A medic picked shrapnel or glass out of a man’s bloodied back.

Al-Manar said the pilgrims were traveling from the shrine of Sayidna Ruqqaya in central Damascus to the southern shrine of Sayidna Zeinab when the bomb detonated. The bus belonged to a Lebanese Shiite pilgrim tour company and had left Beirut early Sunday morning, company official Fadi Khair el-Deen told al-Manar.

Another bomb was found near the bus and was dismantled by security forces, Syrian state-run media reported. It was not immediately clear when, or how, the bomb was placed on the bus.

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Al-Nusra Front Twitter accounts posted photos of a Saudi youth, claiming to have carried out the bus bombing Damascus, VOL reported ‘

Syria’s al-Qaida affiliate, the Nusra Front, claimed responsibility for the blast, and accused the bus passengers of being Hezbollah fighters. The Nusra Front also claimed it was a suicide bombing, while Syrian state media and al-Manar both said the blast was caused by a bomb placed on the bus. Al-Nusra Front Twitter accounts posted photos of a Saudi youth, claiming to have carried out the bus bombing Damascus, VOL reported ‘

The Nusra Front claim spotlighted why the pilgrims were likely targeted: as revenge for Hezbollah fighters defending Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Hezbollah’s direct participation in the Syrian conflict has prompted hard-line Sunni radicals to lash out against Shiite communities in Lebanon.




The Oshaq al-Hussein  ( lovers of Hussein) pilgrimage campaign identified  six people killed in the bus bombing as Mohammed Ahmed Meqdad, Mahdi Youssef Meqdad, Qassem Hatoum, Ali Abbas Ballouq, Shadi Houmani and Mohammed Hassan Ayyoub.

MTV reported that the  first convoy carrying the Lebanese citizens who survived the Damascus terrorist blast has arrived in Dahieh,  a Hezbollah stronghold , south of a the capital .

The second convoy of the Lebanese pilgrims who survived the Damascus blast has arrived in Dhahieh

PM  Tammam Salam was quoted as saying in condemning the bus attack:

” The Damascus attack  a barbaric which I strogly condemn   and I call for depriving the terrorists of the chance to realize their strife schemes.”



51 responses to “Suicide bombing of a bus in Damascus Kills 7 Lebanese pilgrims”

  1. nagy_michael2 Avatar

    A cowardly act indeed but also with all due respect haven’t these pilgrims learned that the area is dangerous and got kidnapped before and it took a lot to free them?
    Well this guy goes to the Doctor and he said Dr. Dr. my head hurt. so the Dr. asked him why does it it. so the guy responded i keep hitting my head against the wall. so the Dr. said well stop doing it. my joke might be boring and i feel bad for the family and for the loss of lives but comon people unless you are meaning to go fighting in Syria then what pilgrims for God’s sake. you are getting killed in your own backyard let alone go to another dangerous one.

    1. wargame1 Avatar

      Pilgrim is a lovely innocent word like the wolf wear sheep clothing in order to look innocent. Syria is a war zone and in Damascus there is nothing to worship except Assad as Assad is their god as they claim

      1. nagy_michael2 Avatar

        pisssssssssssssssssssssssssssssst let’s not say it out loud. you might piss off some Hezzie and Aounis..

  2. Patience2 Avatar

    In the past, Hizboloids have been known to refer to themselves as ‘pilgrims’.

  3. AkhouManUki Avatar

    Isn’t Dahieh like the ultimate pilgrim destination?

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Maybe prior to 5 years ago. Any ‘tourist’ now, just needs his head rearranged. 😉
      You’d think people would listen to the radio for ‘news updates’ about travel destinations.

      1. AkhouManUki Avatar

        Sorry 5th, you might have missed my sarcasm.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Only slightly Akhou …. hehehe … I assume it’s the ‘gateway’ to the really good ‘land beyond’ … if one can make it all the way from the airport, that is. :-))))

  4. free lebanese Avatar
    free lebanese

    God is great and he sees everything… Hizb el shaytan killed thousands of innocent people in syria, and pay back is normal and its the beginning… And piligrims they said, what a lie…these people are terrorists in the bus, hiding under the pretext of piligrims….. May God cut the hands of anyone responsible for the killing of innocent people in syria, lebanon, iraq, bulgaria, egypt, taiwan, iraq, yemen…….

  5. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Come ON, Salam. Where’s that ‘no-travel into a war-zone’ edict?

  6. Nothing to see here. Hezb killed during troop rotation. They were simply going to work (for Assad and Iran).

  7. MekensehParty Avatar

    As long as the Lebanese press keeps lying there will be no hope…
    Did any journalist reporting the story cared to double-check that these “innocent pilgrims” were pilgrims indeed?
    Not trying to justify Al-Nusra’s methods, but if the bus was carrying fighters, or even only one fighter hiding among civilians, then the bus is a military target.
    The only positive note about the whole story is Hezbollah’s new acceptance of bisexuality. I had no clue that Hussein had so many lovers male and female.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      LOL …. indeed. ;-)))

      1. MekensehParty Avatar

        I wonder if Farq is a Hussein 3ashek, if he thinks about him at night and longs to be with him… That’s what 3oshaks do right?

        1. Anti ISIS Avatar

          I’m clad I am constantly in your thoughts Mek, You also are constantly in my thoughts when I’m on the toilet taking a dump. You make such a good laxative. :-)))

          1. MekensehParty Avatar

            Another big discovery today!!! Not only Shia are ok with bisexuality but they started using toilets!!!
            Man this world keeps getting better!

          2. Anti ISIS Avatar

            Lol, Like I have said a million times you Baboon, I am not a shiite. Try again.

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar

            I just LOVE the ‘old buddies’ on this site :-)))))))

          4. Anti ISIS Avatar

            Nothing like a bit a fun 5th. How have you been, hope you are doing well. I have been staying in touch with Geo and he sends you his regards.

          5. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Hi Anti … Say Hi for me .. I miss him too. He disappeared just as I got some pics of a car scanned to show him ….
            Here, it’s just cold and snow, and I get to work off a bit of the excess by shovelling :-))))
            (and a bit of ‘The Glen’ after, of course ;-))

          6. Anti ISIS Avatar

            Hey 5th, I will let Geo know of all your struggles, :-))).
            The poor fellow is snowed under with work and mostly is sick and tired of all the hate and bad attitudes on this site.

          7. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Understand that … I knew he was upset with the crapolla we have to read sometimes.
            And I don’t mean the ‘toilet humour’ here. ;-)))
            But I think there are some sent just to foment the aggravations. They input little else.
            Chasing away valid thoughts is a method …
            Anyway, good to hear he is well … hope the bird is keeping him in line. :-))

          8. MekensehParty Avatar

            You wish you were so that you can get a couple hundred $ a month from Iran.
            Let me correct my previous statement: no new discoveries, Shia still don’t use toilets.

          9. Anti ISIS Avatar

            Go get some food stamps and feed your family.

          10. MekensehParty Avatar

            You must be confusing me with a Lebanese.

          11. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Only the refugees get the food stamps. Trust me.

          12. Anti ISIS Avatar

            Look in the mirror Mek, Lebanese is what you’ll always be. Even though you try and run away from that fact.
            Make sure you don’t look in the mirror for to long, You don’t want to break it.

          13. 5thDrawer Avatar

            (All we need is love … bah bah bah bah ba …All we need is love … ramdaramdadadaa …
            All we need is Love, love ….)

          14. MekensehParty Avatar

            pff drives you crazy doesn’t it? Not the first one to insist on putting a Lebanese sticker on me. But just like I told all the others before you: there must be a Lebanese identity in the first place for people to call themselves Lebanese. You can lie to yourself and pretend you’re a citizen of a country, but you know very well that you’re much more Iranian than anything else presently, and a wanabe shia too.

          15. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
            Maborlz Ez-Hari

            Hey Anti if it makes you feel better I’m lebanese, and i enjoy looking in the mirror. F@#k im hot. Mek is in limbo doesn’t know what he is.

          16. free lebanese Avatar
            free lebanese

            you say uare not a shiite but you have exactly the same attitude… I guess you have a double personnality!!!! They say doctors of nowdays have a solution for that…maybe consulting might help you!!!!

          17. 5thDrawer Avatar

            (oh damn … another Dr. Phil specialist … 🙁 ….)

          18. Anti ISIS Avatar

            Ok Ok, if it makes you feel better you can call me a Sunni.
            Now excuse me while I prepare myself for a suicide attack in hope I may get 72 virgins in heaven.

          19. Free Lebanese Avatar
            Free Lebanese

            Ask Hassan Nasrallah about suicide bombers!!! He will tell you that a suicide fucker ah soory (bomber) is like after a hot sauna you drink a good juice cocktail and then everything is wonderful…. You are stupid brainwashed terrorists thugs this is what you are!!!

          20. Anti ISIS Avatar

            I take you are not impressed with my 72 virgin comment. What if i promise to share some with you. Would that calm your stupidity down.

          21. Free Lebanese Avatar
            Free Lebanese

            Game over!!! The so called Party of God!!! God has no party by the way!!! And I prefer ure mout3a marriage, its more disgusting and legal in ure traditions…. Its a good way to legalize prostitution…..and can easily replace the virgins ure mentionning…

          22. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Damn, don’t do another dump on the world’s oldest profession. Just on the pimps. Ok?

          23. Free Lebanese Avatar
            Free Lebanese

            Next time if u don’t have nothing interesting to say shut ure mouth its more respectful, just like ure friend anti…… Hve a nice day!!!

          24. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Sure. Ok … But do you read the interesting ones?

          25. AkhouManUki Avatar

            Way to show restraint 5th. I think you have plenty of interesting things to say!

          26. AkhouManUki Avatar

            With that kind of awful attitude, you likely have no friends. Word of advice – practice respect before you preach respect.

          27. Free lebanese Avatar
            Free lebanese

            Just to see ure profile name, I see how respectful you are!!! But honnestly, friend like you, no thanks!!!!

          28. AkhouManUki Avatar

            I’m not the one barking at people to shut up – if you want to judge me based on my name, that speaks volumes to the type of person you are. If you’re truly free, free yourself of your miserable personality.

          29. Free Lebanese Avatar
            Free Lebanese

            No problem ya AkhouManUki, I spell it as same as u does to make sure I don’t insult ure true deep origins(certainly not Lebanese( slaves of the Iranian Regime , a bunch of currupted thieves disguised in religious man, and certainly not free because you and ure fellow followers are the puppets of Iran and a chess peace in the service of Isreal. Happy for you, you are doing a fucking nice job to Lebanon and the arab countries around. I just love ure black dirty skirts that smell hell and curruption…..Keep on because ure days are counted….And my personality , don’t even dare qualify it because you have a lot of evolution before you get to my dirty old smelly shoe!!!!

          30. AkhouManUki Avatar

            WTF are you babbling on about? black dirty skirts? your dirty old smelly shoe? Are you talking about Lebanon or a thrift shop?

          31. AkhouManUki Avatar

            Did you dig up your “SAVE THE PROSTITUTES” protest sign?

          32. Anti ISIS Avatar

            You’ve been told 5th, now behave. :-)))

          33. Anti ISIS Avatar

            I think you need a hug. When you are ready, let me know and I’ll send my German Sheppard to give you one. Perhaps this may ease all that anger you carry. Don’t ask him for sex however. he does have standards.

          34. Free Lebanese Avatar
            Free Lebanese

            Thanks for ure german sheperd, I appreciate ure intelligence and way of thinking, because I’m sure ure dog is more clean and pure than you are .Thanks again ya asharaf el nass!!!

  8. jonmayon Avatar

    Izzy must be laughing at all the muslim infighting..

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