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ISIS claims blast in Syria’s Qamishli, dozens killed

Rescue workers were still retrieving victims of the blasts, and that at least 170 people had also been wounded

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A double bomb attack killed a least 44 people in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, Syrian state television reported.

The official SANA news agency said at least 140 people were also injured when a suicide bomber in a vehicle blew himself up in a western neighborhood of the city.

The attack was initially described as a double bombing, but sources in the city and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights subsequently said the initial attack had caused a gas tank to detonate.

The area targeted houses several ministries of the local autonomous Kurdish administration.

In a statement published by the ISIS-linked Aamaq news agency, the group said it carried out the attack in Qamishli, describing it as a truck bombing that struck a complex of Kurdish offices.

The extremist group has carried out several bombings in Kurdish areas in Syria in the past.

(With AFP)