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Bomb attacks kill 44 in northern Syria town

27 July 2016 13:54

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A massive bomb attacked has killed at least 44 people in the northern Syrian town of Qamishli, state media say. 

At least 140 people were also injured when a terrorist in a vehicle laden with explosives blew himself up in a western neighborhood of the city on Wednesday, the official SANA news agency said.

The Takfiri terrorist group of Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack which was initially described as a double bombing.

The area targeted houses where local Kurdish officials live.

Qamishli, on the border with Turkey, is dominated by Syrian Kurds but Syrian  government forces are present and control the town’s airport.

According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the explosion targeted a center of the local Kurdish police and a nearby government building.

The explosion came as Kurdish forces pressed ahead with their offensive on the Daesh-held town of Manbij also in northern Syria.

The Syria Democratic Forces, a coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters, have been the main force fighting Daesh in northern Syria, capturing significant territory from the Takfiri terrorists over the past two years.

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