Twin blasts kill at least 26 in Syria’s Hasaka

Two car bombs exploded in the eastern Syrian of city Hasaka, at least one of which targeted Kurdish fighters

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At least 26 people including two children were killed on Monday in twin suicide car bomb attacks in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasaka, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 13 civilians were killed in the two blasts, along with six members of the Kurdish security services and seven fighters from a pro-regime militia.

Syrian state television also reported the explosions, though it gave a toll of 20 dead and no breakdown of the toll.

State news agency SANA gave different tolls for the blasts, which it said were suicide car bombs.

The agency said five people were killed in Khashman and 12 in Mahata, and also reported that least 70 others had been wounded.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said the two explosions were suicide car bombs, although it could not immediately confirm a toll.

Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said the first blast hit a checkpoint belonging to the Kurdish security forces in Khashman, while the second struck the headquarters of a pro-regime militia in Mahata.

Control of Hasaka city -- and other parts of the province by the same name -- is divided between Kurdish militia and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

The city has regularly been targeted by ISIS, which controls some territory in Hasaka province.

The group entered the city and seized several neighborhoods in June, but was expelled a month later after battles involving both regime troops and Kurdish fighters.

(With AFP and Reuters)

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