DAMASCUS — Four students and a bus driver were killed when a mortar hit the vehicle they were in, in the central Bab Sharqi district of the Syrian capital Damascus. Six others inside the bus, including four more students, were wounded in the attack.

The explosion occurred near the Armenian St. Sargis church and “Surb Targmanchats” (Holy Translators) Armenian National School. The blast occurred when the school children were leaving the school.

One of the young victims was identified as 6-year-old Hovhannes Atokamian a first grader in the school.

Syrian SANA agency also informs that a mortar shell fell on a school in the district of Kassa, in the result of which eleven pupils were injured; the building of the school had material damages.

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