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Five months after being seriously injured when two separate waves of suicide attacks rocked the northeastern border town of Al-Qaa, Marwan Layous still feels the pain."I didn't see my brother [before heading to the scene of the attack]," Layous, 41, told The Daily Star from his house in an alleyway close to where the first four attacks took place. He sat directly across from where a framed picture of Joseph hung on the wall.Joseph was killed in the third attack that hit Al-Qaa that morning.The attacks involved eight suicide bombers in total, with four hitting Al-Qaa near dawn and a further four as dusk settled outside the town's Mar Elias Church.Having served as a volunteer with the Civil Defense for 13 years, following the attack Layous was offered a paid job with the directorate because he couldn't go out on missions anymore.It was just minutes later that another suicide bomber ran close to where Layous was standing and blew himself up, in the second attack of the day.Not far from Layous' house is Joseph's home.Joseph's wife, Amal, sat on the balcony clad in black.Like his brother, Joseph ran to the scene of the attack to try and save the injured.
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