DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:20 P.M.) – According to the ISIS-linked Amaq Agency, a jihadist suicide bomber named Abu Othman Al-Tai drove a car bomb headlong into a gathering of Syrian troops in eastern Homs on Thursday.
Minutes after the SVBIED detonated its explosives, dozens of Islamic State insurgents reportedly overran several unidentified SAA-held positions in the Mannoukh area and seized spoils of war at the newly captured points.
The outlet claimed 27 soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) were killed-in-action following the attack which targeted a desert area north of the T4 Airbase.
Amaq also underlined that one SAA tank and BMP-1 were destroyed by the subsequent infantry attack. In addition, ISIS supposedly seized a batch of anti-tank missiles and a pickup truck from the government forces.
Al-Masdar News could not independently verify the aforementioned claims. However, military sources said that heavy clashes have occurred in eastern Homs over the past 48 hours.
Since last month, the SAA has liberated a number of villages and key hill tops in eastern Homs, thereby advancing through territory controlled by the self-declared caliphate since 2014.
Amaq Agency also published a series of pictures on Tuesday showing the alleged destruction of two T-72 tanks in the Hama and Homs countryside.