Islamic State claims terror attacks in Syria’s Qamishli, dozens of civilian casualties reported

Militants of the Islamic State are seen in the city of Shaddadi south of Hasakah. File photo

ARA News 

QAMISHLI – The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) claimed its responsibility for three terror attacks that hit the Kurdish city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria on Wednesday midnight.

Three separate bombs hit Qamishli city, causing the death of at least 16 civilians and the injury of more than 45 others. 

The Kurdish security forces of the Asayish said in a statement on Thursday that the attacks were carried out by ‘explosive bags’.

“The terrorists have placed three bags loaded with explosive devices in the restaurants of Gabriyel and Miami in central Qamishli, then they detonated the explosives remotely, causing the death of 16 people and the injury of more than 45 others, beside a large damage in the targeted buildings,” the Kurdish security said.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks in a statement on Thursday morning, saying its jihadists have planned many more attacks on what the group described as “enemies of Allah”, in reference to Kurds and Christians in Qamishli and its surroundings.  

Speaking to ARA News in Qamishli, Asayish officer Eytan Ferhad commented on the incident saying: “We won’t allow ISIS terrorists to destabilize our city. We will do everything we can to maintain the civil peace and security in Qamishli and other areas in this region.” 

She appealed to the residents of Qamishli to avoid gatherings on the new year evening for fear of similar terror attacks. 

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh 

Source: ARA News

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