Dozens killed in wave of Islamic State group suicide bombings in Syria

Suicide Bombings  Syria

Suicide Bombings Syria

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for a series of bomb attacks across Syria on Monday that left dozens dead in mostly government-controlled territory.

The suicide blasts killed Syrian troops, including several officers, as well as some Kurdish fighters, the jihadist group said via its official press agency, Amaq.

Amaq reported the so-called IS group had coordinated the spate of bombings in the cities of Damascus, Tartus, Homs, and Hasakeh in the northeast.

At least 48 people died in the attacks, Syrian state media reported earlier, a majority of them in a double bombing in President Bashar al-Assad’s coastal stronghold of Tartus.

Quoting the head of the Al-Bassel hospital in Tartus, state television said 35 people were killed and 43 others wounded in the attack.

Kurdish checkpoint

In the northeast of the country, at least eight people were killed by a bomber on a motorbike in the city of Hasakeh, which is mostly controlled by Kurdish forces, though the regime is also present.

State media said the dead were six members of the Kurds’ Asayesh security forces and two civilians.

Amaq also said that a bomber wearing a suicide belt had attacked a checkpoint controlled by Asayesh fighters.

Another four people were killed in a car bomb in the Al-Zahraa neighbourhood in central Homs, whose residents mostly belong to the same Alawite sect as Assad.

A bomb attack was also reported on the Al-Sabura road west of the capital Damascus, with state media saying one person was killed and three were wounded.