A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt has blown himself up in front of a building used by Kurdish forces in the northeastern city of Al-Qamishli.

The bomber, widely believed to be an ISIS member, has shot dead a guard just outside the building (Hadaya Hotel) and attempted to break into. Deterred by other guards, he blew himself in the basement, wounding at least 4.

The offensive is seen as an act of revenge to ISIS defeat in the bordering town of Tal Abyad, where the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, backed by US-led coalition airstrikes, took over the town only days ago.

The Kurdish forces in Al-Qamishli, known as Asayisa Rojava, have issued a statement, via its official facebook page, confirming the assault and expressing determination to protect the city and safeguard its people.

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