Reports: 40-plus killed in Syria by twin suicide attacks, Syrian Observatory says

Various news reports say that more than 40 people, including dozens of children, were killed in Syria Friday after two explosions shook a town in the Hama province. At least four suicide attackers blew…

Reports: 40-plus killed in Syria by twin suicide attacks, Syrian Observatory says

Various news reports say that more than 40 people, including dozens of children, were killed in Syria Friday after two explosions shook a town in the Hama province.

At least four suicide attackers blew themselves up near a police station in the town of Al-Manoura, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The blasts were widely believed to be the work of the Levant Liberation Committee (LLC), an Al Qaeda affiliate, and Daesh (the self-proclaimed IS caliphate).

Scores of ambulances were on the scene as ambulances lined up on Al-Manoura’s main road to take casualties to a hospital.

The Observatory said 37 people were killed, with dozens more wounded.

Shishir al-Shaber, a local activist, told Reuters the attackers were wearing explosive belts and detonated the blasts as ambulances and police vehicles responded to the attack.

His statement did not give a casualty toll.

Al-Manoura has not been hit by an attack in recent years. The Assad regime had conducted air strikes in the area last year.

Syrian state media quoted the Interior Ministry as saying an investigation was underway and the perpetrators would be hunted down.

Syria is in the midst of one of the worst offensives of the seven-year war, and fighting between rebel forces and pro-regime forces has left hundreds of people dead in recent days.

A spokesman for the NLF said the attacks were carried out by Daesh, which is also known as ISIS.

The so-called caliphate is losing territory across the region.

Source: Al Jazeera

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