A suicide bomber has killed at least 41 children and 48 people total in Syria; the attack occurred near a school in the Ekrima neighborhood of Homs. Officials say that the death toll will likely increase, as numerous people were critically injured in the attack.
The Christian Post reports that a car bomb and a suicide bomber caused the explosions. It is believed that the school children were targets of the attack for belonging to the same religious organization as President Bashar al-Assad.
The Syrian civil war has now continued for three years. The attack against the children was one of the most severe since the war began.
The U.N. high commissioner reports that the war has caused over 191,000 deaths and over three million people have been forced out of their homes. Nine million Syrians are in need of humanitarian aid.
Publication date: October 3, 2014