22 civilians killed in Syrian triple bombings

2015-12-11 11:46
Policemen inspect the cordoned-off site of a bomb blast at the popular Erawan shrine. (Christophe Archambault, AFP)

Policemen inspect the cordoned-off site of a bomb blast at the popular Erawan shrine. (Christophe Archambault, AFP)

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Beirut - At least 22 civilians were killed in triple suicide car-bombings that targeted an area controlled by Kurdish rebels in north-eastern Syria, a monitoring group reported on Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks were carried out late on Thursday with cars packed with explosives in the town of Tal Tamer in the province of al-Hassakeh.

Initially the bombings killed 12, but the toll rose on Friday as 10 more died of their injuries, the head of the Britain-based Observatory, Rami Abdel-Rahman, told dpa.  

One bombing targeted a Kurdish security forces post, while the other two occurred outside a local hospital, killing a doctor and four women, Abdel-Rahman added.

No one has claimed responsibility.

Tal Tamer, which is mainly controlled by Kurdish forces, had been previously targeted by similar attacks. Those were claimed by ISIS terrorist militia.

In February, ISIS attacked areas around Tal Tamer and kidnapped at least 220 Assyrian Christians, most of whom were released later after ransoms were paid.

Thursday's bombings occurred hours after Syrian opposition groups concluded unity talks in Saudi Arabia where they agreed to hold United Nations-sponsored negotiations with the Syrian government planned for next month.

Neither the Islamic State nor al-Qaeda's Syria branch, al-Nusra Front, was invited to the Saudi talks.

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