Daesh Claims Two Deadly Syria Attacks

Published May 23rd, 2017 - 07:00 GMT
The blast occurred in the predominantly Alawite al-Zahra neighbourhood, located east of the city of Homs. (AFP)
The blast occurred in the predominantly Alawite al-Zahra neighbourhood, located east of the city of Homs. (AFP)

Daesh claimed Tuesday a blast in a regime-held area in Syria's central province of Homs that killed at least six people, as well as an attack on a checkpoint near Damascus.

The death toll in Homs includes the two suicide bombers, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told dpa, adding that at least 20 other people were injured in the attack.

The blast occurred in the predominantly Alawite al-Zahra neighbourhood, located east of the city of Homs. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad belongs to the Alawite sect.

The explosion took place near an emergency centre, where a number of government security offices are located, activists said.

The state-run SANA news agency said the blast was near the city's power station and put the death toll at two.

The Amaq news agency, which is affiliated with Daesh, said fighters of the extremist group carried out the two attacks in Homs. 

Daesh also claimed an attack on Tuesday in the Damascus suburb of Sayyida Zeinab.

The Observatory said that the blast took place near a checkpoint controlled by regime troops and their allies.

SANA, citing a source at a police command in Damascus, reported that authorities "thwarted a terrorist attempt at detonating a car bomb near al-Mustaqbal" checkpoint on Damascus International Airport Road.

The source said the "two terrorists inside" were killed and the car was completely destroyed.

SANA said a civilian was also killed and another injured as they were passing by when the booby-trapped car was destroyed.

In recent months, the extremist group has suffered military setbacks and lost territory in the country. 

The US is currently leading an air campaign in Syria targetting extremist groups, mainly Daesh, while Syrian Kurdish forces backed by the US are advancing on al-Raqqa, the de facto capital of extremist militia Daesh in Syria.


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