At Least 50 Killed by Truck Bombs in Kurdish-held Syrian Town, YPG Says

ISIS claims responsibility for three truck bombs that ripped through town in Hasaka Province held by Kurdish YPG fighters.

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In this image made from video provided by Hadi Al-Abdallah, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, smoke rises after airstrikes in Kafr Nabel of the Idlib province, western Syria, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Russian jets carried out a second day of airstrikes in Syria Thursday, but there were conflicting claims about whether they were targeting Islamic State and al-Qaeda militants or trying to shore up the defenses of President Bashar Assad.
Smoke rises after airstrikes in Kafr Nabel of the Idlib province, western Syria, Oct. 1, 2015.Credit: AP
Tom Perry, John Davidson

REUTERS - A triple truck bomb attack carried out by Islamic State in northeastern Syria killed at least 50 people and wounded 80 others, a spokesman for the Kurdish militia that controls the area said on Friday.

The town in the northeastern province of Hasaka is controlled by the Kurdish YPG militia, which has been battling Islamic State with the support of U.S.-led air strikes.

Kurdish fighters have advanced in the last few weeks against Islamic State in Hasaka province, notably with the takeover of the town of al Houl by a U.S.-backed rebel alliance that includes the YPG.

The three blasts, carried out by at least two suicide bombers, hit outside a hospital, at a market and in a residential area in the town of Tel Tamer late on Thursday, the YPG's Redur Xelil said via internet messaging service.

"There is massive destruction in the town, and the number killed is between 50 and 60, all of them civilians," he said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights gave an earlier death toll of at least 22 people in the attack, saying that number was likely to increase.

Amaq News Agency, which supports Islamic State militants, said in a statement that the group had carried out the attack, targeting Kurdish "bases" in Tel Tamer with three suicide bombs.

The Observatory said one of the bombs exploded near a health center and another near a vegetable market. It said there was "confirmed information" about casualties among the Kurdish internal security force known as the Asayish.

The YPG has been the most effective partner on the ground in Syria for the U.S.-led coalition that is fighting Islamic State. In October, it became part of the new U.S.-backed alliance, called the Democratic Forces of Syria.