At Least 60 Killed In Triple Truck Bomb Attack In Syria

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ISIS say they were behind a triple suicide truck bombing which killed at least 60 people in northern Syria on Thursday.

The blasts in the Christian town of Tell tamer in Syria’s northeastern Al Hasakah province were close to a Kurdish field hospital and a busy market square.

A spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish YPG said that at least 80 people were wounded.

Most of the affected people were civilians, but there were some Kurdish and Assyrian self-defense fighters among them.

RT reports: The vehicles were allegedly packed with large amounts of explosives, which also caused significant damage to nearby buildings and infrastructure.

“We could understand if they [the terrorists] were fighting with YPG, but they are devastating our city, killing small children, destroying houses… What right do they have [to do it]? They have no right to deprive us of our homes, to bereave children of their fathers,” a woman said in a video filmed soon after the terrorist attacks and published on YouTube by the Ajansa Hawar ANHA news agency.

“[Islamic State militants] are killing innocent people… This is not Islam, this is irreligion… They have no compassion, no humanism and no feelings. They are barbarians and no single religion would accept them,” an elderly man said in the same video.

The Kurdish security force, blamed the attack on Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in a statement, Reuters reports. The town of Tell Tamer is mainly controlled by Kurdish YPG fighters battling IS in this part of Syria.

Later on Friday, IS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted online, saying three of its fighters driving separate vehicles blew themselves up while targeting “bases” of Kurdish fighters in the town, according to Reuters.

The town, also home to an Assyrian Christian community, has become a target of numerous terror attacks and incursions by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants over the last months.

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