1993 Sioni church attack
The 1993 Sioni church attack was a terrorist attack on St. Peter's Church in Sioni, Varkana. It was carried out on 16 April 1993, when a Children of Gaia cell blew up the church's roof during the funeral service of General Konstantin Georgiev, who had been killed in a previous communist assault on 14 April. 132 people, mainly from the country's political and military elite, were killed in the attack and around 300 were injured. It remains the deadliest act of terrorism in Varkan history. The attack was universally condemned by many world leaders and organizations.
95 adults were killed in the attack, 37 children, and at least 300 other people were wounded.
The Armazist terrorist group Children of Gaia claimed responsibility for the attack. In a recording released by the group, they stated: "The enemies of Gaia will perish by her will or her children's will."
Arrests, convictions and verdict
Varkana declared three days of national mourning following the attack. Varkan President Ekvtime Takaishvili said the attack was a "national tragedy". The President also ordered the government to allocate funds for compensating families of the dead. Takaishvili further vowed that the attack would not hurt Varkan social unity, and said the proper answer to the violence was "more unity, more openness, but not revenge".
The President of the Varkan Episcopal Conference, Petran Catholic Bishop DUDE, quoted a passage of the Christian Bible referring to Jesus, asking Christian Varkans for an appropriate Christian response: "He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered" (1 Peter 2:23).
- Adonian Community: DUDE U/C
- Mesogean Cooperation Organization: DUDE condemned the bombings noting that it "cynically exploits a sensitive moment for Mesogean unity."
- Aetolia: President Trophonius Vassallo U/C
- Armazia: Matriarch Miranda V issued a press release from the Akropolis condemning the attack by expressing her heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the Varkan nation, and said that these attacks are against the teachings of the Armazist Church. The Matriarch added that "Such people and their actions are evil and outside the boundaries set by our faith. There is no justification for such carnage whatsoever."
- Breisland: Prime Minister Helmut Bäumler sent condolences and words of solidarity to the Varkan people, as well as the families and friends of the victims "in connection with the death of a large number of peaceful citizens in an unprecedented terrorist attack against the Christian community of Varkana." The tragedy was an "additional proof of the barbaric nature of terrorism that is posing a challenge to human civilization," he stressed.
- Zong: Prime Minister Hu Tsoekhun condemned the terrorist attack in Sioni and expressed solidarity with the Varkan people.