ISIS militants reportedly conducted two car bomb attacks in Hasakah city, northeastern Syria. File photo
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HASAKAH – More than 20 people were killed and dozens wounded in two simultaneous car bomb attacks in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah, local sources reported on Monday.
A car bomb hit a security center for the Kurdish Asayish forces in the Khashman district in northern Hasakah, while another attack targeted the regime-held Mahata neighborhood in the city.
“The terrorist attacks claimed lives of at least 21 people, including Kurdish security forces,” civil rights activists reported, adding that more than 100 others were injured, mostly civilians.
Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, a spokesman for the Asayish forces blames the attacks on the radical group of Islamic State.
“Daesh (ISIS) terrorists have launched the attacks in order to terrorize people and send a message to the Kurdish forces that they still exist in Hasakah,” he said.
Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Asayish regained areas that had been taken earlier by ISIS militants in June.
This comes two days after the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghadi, vowed in a statement that he will soon perform prayers in the main Mosque in central Hasakah after his fighters seize the city.
“We will defend Hasakah against ISIS ambitions,” the Asayish spokesman said.
In June, the United Nations said an estimated 50,000 people had been displaced within Hassakeh after an ISIS offensive there. Another 10,000 fled north towards the Turkish border.
Reporting by: Kawa Isso
Source: ARA News