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Suicide bomber kills seven in Aleppo attack

Albert Aji

Published 16/09/2015 | 02:30

Girls walk to school in Old Aleppo, Syria, yesterday, where seven died in a suicide bomb attack. Photo: Reuters/Abdalrhman Ismail
Girls walk to school in Old Aleppo, Syria, yesterday, where seven died in a suicide bomb attack. Photo: Reuters/Abdalrhman Ismail

A suicide car bomber struck in a predominantly Kurdish city in northeastern Syria yesterday, killing seven people, a day after twin car bombings in the same city killed at least 32, including 19 civilians.

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Also yesterday, insurgents shelled five government-held neighbourhoods in the northern city of Aleppo, killing 20 people and wounding 100, Syrian state media said.

Isil claimed responsibility for yesterday’s deadly suicide blast in the mostly Kurdish city of Hassakeh, saying it targeted an office of the main Kurdish militia in Syria. The car bombs in Hassakeh were also swiftly claimed by Isil, which controls large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

Syria’s state news agency SANA said a suicide attacker blew up his truck in front of the water authority building in Hassakeh’s northwestern neighbourhood of Maaeshiyeh. It said the blast killed seven and wounded 21.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on local activists, said the blast killed seven people, including five Kurdish fighters.

It said the blast targeted a position of the main Kurdish militia, known as the People’s Protection Units, and also wounded 30 people, including some fighters.

Syrian Kurdish fighters are largely in control of Hassakeh, which also has pockets held by government forces. Isil have been battling the Kurdish forces and government troops in the city and surrounding province for months.

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