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Suicide attack in northeastern Syrian city kills 7

15 September 2015, 15:08

Damascus — A car bomb exploded Tuesday in the northeastern Syrian city of Hassakeh, killing seven people, a day after two blasts in the predominantly Kurdish city killed dozens, state media and an activist group said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday's blast. Monday's car bombs that killed 32, including 19 civilians, were swiftly claimed by the Islamic State group.

Syria's state news agency SANA said Tuesday's attack was carried out by a suicide attacker who blew up his truck in front of the water authority building in the northwestern neighborhood of Maaeshiyeh. It said the blast killed seven and wounded 21.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on local activists, said the blast killed four, including two Kurdish fighters. It said the blast targeted a position of the main Kurdish Force known as the People's Protection Units, wounding 30, including some fighters.

Syrian Kurdish fighters are largely in control of Hassakeh, which also has pockets held by government forces. IS militants have been battling the Kurdish forces and government troops in the city and surrounding province for months.

Earlier Tuesday, insurgents shelled government-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo, killing seven and wounding 52, state TV said. It says mortar rounds rained down on five Aleppo neighborhoods.

The Observatory said the shelling, which came amid intense clashes in Syria's largest city and onetime commercial center, killed seven and wounded about 50, adding that the death toll is expected to rise since some were seriously wounded.

Aleppo has been divided since 2012, with government forces controlling much of western Aleppo and rebel groups in control of the east.

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- AP


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