50 Killed by ISIS Attack in Kurdish Town

People look for survivors under debris at a damaged site People look for survivors under debris at a damaged site Rodi Said/Reuters

26 July, 2016
At least 50 people were killed and dozens wounded in two explosions that struck the Kurdish town of Qamishli in northern Syria.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for attack. The first attack took place early on Wednesday when a truck loaded with explosives detonated on the western side of the town. Shortly after the blast,  a motorcycle exploded in the same area. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the explosion resulting in civilian deaths targeted a local Kurdish police centre and a government building.  

“Oh my son, what did they do to you?” cried a grieving mother at the scene. “They burned you, and they burned the country.” The attack caused large-scale damage to buildings, and the blast shattered windows in the Turkish town of Nusaybin, across the border from Qamishli.

The death toll of the arguably worst attack in Qamishli is expected to rise as the wounded were rushed to hospital. “The number keeps increasing as lots of the victims are still buried under the debris. Many of the injured are listed in critical condition,” said Qamishli National Hospital Director Omar Al-Qaqoub.

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