Thursday 22 February 2018

Islamic State behind triple suicide bombing which killed 60 in northern Syria

At 80 people were wounded in the blasts Credit: SANA (Reuters)
At 80 people were wounded in the blasts Credit: SANA (Reuters)

David Kearns

Islamic State says they were behind a triple suicide truck bombing which killed at least 60 people in northern Syria on Thursday.

The blasts in the Christian town of Tell tamer in Syria's northeastern Al Hasakah province were near a Kurdish field hospital and a busy market square.

At least 80 people were wounded, said a spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish YPG.

Most of the affected people were civilians, but there were some Kurdish and Assyrian self-defence fighters among them, reports Reuters.

The town of Tell Tamer is mainly controlled by Kurdish YPG fighters battling ISIS in northern Syria.

On Friday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted online, saying three of its fighters driving three separate vehicles blew themselves up while targeting "bases" of Kurdish fighters in the town.

The town home to mainly Assyrian Christians has become a target of numerous terror attacks and incursions by ISIS militants over the last months.   

Less than three months ago, the group organised a series of deadly terror attacks near the town killing 39 people and injured more than 100.

In February, ISIS took some 200 local Christians hostages and also destroyed five local churches in the area.

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