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Twin Daesh suicide attacks kill 15 in north Syria

By AFP - Mar 05,2017 - Last updated at Mar 05,2017

Syrians who have returned to their home after Al Bab town centre has been entirely freed from Daesh extremists as part of operation ‘Euphrates Shield’, ride on a motorcycle in Aleppo, on Sunday (Anadolu Agency photo)

BEIRUT — Twin Daesh terror group suicide attacks killed 15 people in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, where the extremists have faced simultaneous assaults in recent weeks, a monitor said on Sunday.

One attacker detonated a car bomb near the Daesh-held town of Deir Hafer, killing eight fighters with regime forces late Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. 

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it “was carried out by militant Abu Abdullah Al Shami with an explosive-laden vehicle”. 

Deir Hafer lies on a key road linking Aleppo city to the Daesh-controlled town of Khafsah, which holds the main station to pump water into Aleppo, and further east to the extremist group’s de facto capital Raqqa. 

Residents of Aleppo city have been without mains water for 48 days after the extremists cut the supply.

On Sunday, Russian and regime warplanes bombarded Daesh positions in support of Syrian troops, which had advanced to 9 kilometres from Khafsah, the Observatory said. 

They were just 6 kilometres from the pumping station, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said. 

The United Nations on Sunday said 26,000 people had fled the fighting since late February, while the Observatory said as many as 30,000 had been displaced. 

In a second attack, Daesh said a militant “detonated his suicide belt” in the rebel-held town of Azaz, also in Aleppo province. 

The Observatory said the suicide attack in the town “killed seven fighters and wounded several others, some of them in critical condition”. 

In January, a massive tanker truck bomb ripped through a market in Azaz, killing 48 people and wounding dozens, the Observatory said.

It was suspected that Daesh was behind that attack. 

Syria’s conflict broke out in March 2011 with protests against President Bashar Assad, but has escalated into a complex conflict that has killed more than 310,000 people.

Air strikes on the northwestern province of Idlib on Sunday killed six people, including five members of the same family, the Observatory said. 

 

The raids on the town of Kafranbel also wounded 21 people. 

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