At least 13 civilians died when a booby-trapped car exploded outside a mosque in Al-Tal town.
Local activists said that a large number of people were just coming out of Baidar Al-Sultani mosque after night prayers when a nearby parked car suddenly exploded. No one has so far claimed responsibility for the incident.
Al-Tal is a small town located nearly 14 km to the north of the Syrian capital Damascus. The town is now held under a truce between government forces and local rebel groups. Various military and security checkpoints have been set on the town’s entrances with no presence inside.
In the country’s far northeastern city of Al-Hasakah, at least 10 government soldiers died, 16 others wounded in a twin suicide attacks that hit an army barrack in the city center and a military checkpoint near a hospital. Local sources confirmed that three ISIS suicide bombers are behind the massacre.
The Kurdish security forces (Asayish) also lost many of its members when an ISIS suicide bomber blew up his booby-trapped vehicle outside Asayish headquarter. The explosion is said to be the deadliest ever hit the Kurdish forces with houses partly destructed within an area of 300 meters.
Syria’s Kurdish fighters have been battling fiercely with ISIS militants in the city of Tal Abyad and more recently, Ayn Issa. The Kurds, aided by US-led coalition airstrikes and smaller rebel groups are more likely to attack ISIS seat of power of Al-Raqqa.