ALEPPO, SYRIA — A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of Armenia has confirmed earlier reports that a car bomb explosion in the Suleimaniyeh neighborhood of Allepo, which is home to many Christians and Armenians, has resulted in the death of three people and wounding of scores of others. Among the victims is an Armenian woman identified as Araxie Bedrossian. Five more Syrian Armenians were reportedly injured in a terrorist act in capital Damascus a day earlier.

The Suleimaniyeh blast occurred in front of a police office on Sunday afternoon. A school and a Christian church are reported to be located nearby. The explosion of a bomb weighing 200 kg rocked buildings in the neighboring districts as well.

The strife in Syria that has entered its second year is increasingly becoming a concern for the country’s estimated 80,000-member Armenian community. Earlier this year, Vigen Hayrapetian, a Syrian army soldier, was among the victims of a series of deadly explosions in Aleppo earlier this year.

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