Twin suicide bombs in northeastern Syria kill dozens: Reports

  • Reuters, Beirut
  • Updated: Dec 31, 2015 14:43 IST
Residents inspect damage from a suicide bomb in Qamishli in Syria. Twin suicide bombings hit two restaurants in the Kurdish-controlled city in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, killing or wounding dozens of people, a Kurdish official and a group monitoring the war said. (Reuters)

Dozens were reportedly killed and as many were injured in two suicide bombings in two restaurants in Kurdish-controlled city in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, a Kurdish official and a group monitoring the war said.

The explosions took place in Qamishli, near the Turkish border, the Kurdish YPG militia’s Redur Xelil told Reuters. He said it had most likely been carried out by Islamic State, which the YPG is fighting in Syria’s northeast, and that dozens were believed to have been killed or wounded.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 16 people were killed and more than 22 wounded from the blasts in an area inhabited by Christians.

It said there had been a third explosion in the city, but gave no further details.

The YPG has been the most effective partner on the ground in Syria for the US-led coalition that is fighting Islamic State. In October, it became part of the new US-backed alliance, the Democratic Forces of Syria.

The alliance launched an offensive against Islamic State in the northeastern province of Hasaka that month, later forcing it out of a town near the Iraqi border while Kurdish forces in Iraq seized the town of Sinjar from the jihadist group.

Islamic State has carried out a number of attacks in Kurdish areas in recent weeks, including one that killed dozens of people earlier this month.

Qamishli is also in Hasaka province.

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