ARMENIAN NEW MARTYRS IN SYRIA

Fr. Hovsep Bedoyan, the Armenian Catholic pastor in the Syrian city of Qamishli on the Turkish border, and his father Apraham Bedoyan were traveling to Deir el-Zor to inspect the reconstruction of an Armenian Catholic church that had been desecrated by ISIS in 2015. Their car was ambushed at a checkpoint by gunmen and shot at point-blank range before the killers fled on motorcycles. The elder Bedoyan died instantly, while his son succumbed to wounds in transit to a hospital.
A third passenger in the car, a deacon from the town of Al-Hasakeh, survived with minor injuries and reported the above details. Early press reports identifying both victims as priests were evidently mistaken.
On the same day as the murders, a series of bomb blasts rocked Qamishli, targeting the Armenian Catholic church, an Assyrian Christian-owned business, and a Catholic school. At least six people were killed.