Explosion hit oil-rich Syrian town of Shaddadi, civilian casualties reported

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Members of the Kurdish security forces of Asayish seen in Syria's Qamishli. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

HASAKAH – At least four civilians were killed and nine more injured on Monday after a motorcycle bomb blown up in the town of Shaddadi south of Syria’s Hasakah province, local sources reported. 

The Kurdish police force –also known as Asayish– has deployed its troops in Shaddadi countryside after a motorcycle bomb exploded in front of an internet café in the village of Arysha, leading to the death of four civilians and the injury of nine more. 

Local activists told ARA News that ISIS is most likely behind the attack, saying a member of the extremist group has carried out the attack, since the targeted town used to be under ISIS control for at least two years.

This is not the first time that ISIS carried out attacks on civilians in SDF-held areas.

Also, there have been occasional clashes between SDF forces and ISIS near Shaddadi, in which also foreign fighters of the SDF, such as Gunter Helsten from Germany and Jamie Bright from Australia, were killed.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured the oil-rich town with coalition support in late February this year, capturing one of the last ISIS strongholds in the Hasakah province, leading to celebrations in Kurdish cities.

Reporting by: Jan Mohammed and Qehraman Miste

Source: ARA News

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