Deadly ISIS bomb attack kills over 44 people in Syria’s Qamishli

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Forty-four people have been killed in a massive bombing in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishli in north-east Syria, Syrian state TV reports.

The blast was caused by a truck bomb which struck near a Kurdish security headquarters, according to a UK-based monitoring group.

So-called Islamic State (IS) has said it was behind the attack, in Hassakeh province, near the border with Turkey.

IS has previously carried out bombings against Kurds in the area.
Last year, a US-backed alliance led by Kurdish fighters, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), launched an offensive against IS in Hassakeh.

State TV showed scenes which it said were the aftermath of the bombing, with pictures of destruction over a large area and plumes of smoke rising into the air.

IS said on its self-styled Amaq news agency that a suicide bomber had blown up a truck bomb at a local Kurdish police centre and a nearby government building.

The attack was initially reported as a double bombing, but it now appears that the initial blast caused a gas tank to explode, according to AFP.

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