Three killed in bombing claimed by ISIS in northeast Syria

Fighters from the Democratic Forces of Syria stand near their infantry fighting vehicles around the al-Khatoniyah lake area after they took control of it from Islamic State militants, near al Houl town in Hasaka province, Syria, Nov. 14, 2015. (Reuters)

A bomb attack claimed by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killed at least three people in the city of Qamishli in the mostly Kurdish-controlled Hasaka province of northeast Syria on Sunday, a Kurdish official and a monitoring group said.

The motorcycle bomb went off in a mostly Christian area and wounded another seven people, said Redur Xelil of the Kurdish YPG militia.

ISIS claimed the attack in a statement posted online shortly after the incident. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the civil war in Syria, confirmed the blast and the casualties.

Twin suicide bombings also claimed by Islamic State killed and wounded dozens of people at the end of December. The militant group has carried out a number of attacks in Hasaka province, including one that killed dozens of people earlier that month.

The YPG is fighting ISIS in Hasaka province with the support of U.S.-led air strikes. It has been the most effective partner on the ground in Syria for the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49