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Al-Qamishli: Numerous killed by a suicide bomb attack

KurdWatch, July 30, 2016—On July 27, 2016 in al‑Qamishli, a suicide bomber blew up a truck filled with explosives in front of a building of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD). At least forty-nine civilians were killed and around one hundred fifty people injured. The explosion destroyed a number of residential buildings, some of them completely. It is suspected that a number of the victims are under the rubble. The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that it was revenge for the attack on the city of Manbij. Moreover, they threatened further attacks against »the Kurds«. Ibrahim Biro, the chairperson of the Kurdish National Council in Syria, partially blamed the PYD security forces for the attack. He said the PYD must ask itself how a truck filled with explosives could get through its checkpoint to enter the center of into the center of al‑Qamishli.


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