BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:15 P.M.) – A commander from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told the Sputnik News Agency this afternoon that the explosions in northern Al-Raqqa were due to training exercises.
“Thus, we train our future fighters how to neutralize mines and explosives. During the training process, we detonate mines under the supervision of sappers,” he said.
Furthermore, a spokesman for the media relations department, Mustafa Balli, also confirmed to Sputnik that reports of an assault or terrorist attack at the base in Ayn Issa are untrue.
“If such an incident were to really occur, we would release a statement on the official website of the SDF. Follow the information on our website, if anything happens, we will report it,” Balli stated.
The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the explosion was due to a roadside bomb that targeted a military vehicle outside of ‘Ayn ‘Issa.
The SOHR report added that one person was killed.