Islamic State carries out third attack on Christian district in Qamishlo

The location of the ISIS-led attack in Wusta district of Qamishlo

ARA News 

QAMISHLO – On Saturday evening three Islamic State (ISIS) attackers killed scores of civilians and injured a dozen more in an indiscriminate attack in the al-Wusta district of Syria’s northeastern city of Qamishli [Qamishlo]. This is the third attack the extremist group carries out against locals in the same district mainly populated by Christians.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted Kurdish forces in Qamishli. “Martyrdom commando’s launched on attack on army positions in central Qamishli against Kurdish units,” the ISIS-linked Amaq agency said on Saturday.  

The ISIS members started the attack by firing randomly on civilians with automatic weapons and throwing grenades before attempting to carry out suicide attacks in the Miami street near the Dominos and Miami restaurant of Wusta district.

Eyewitnesses in the restaurant who escaped the attack suggested an attacker shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ before exploding himself at the entrance of the restaurant.

Local sources confirmed the death of six civilians and the injury of a dozen others as a result of the terrorist attack on the Christian district in Qamishli.

Also on Saturday, at least five members of the Kurdish security forces of Asayish were killed after two car bomb attacks hit a security headquarter in the Alia town in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, officials said. 

“Two car bombs exploded near the Asayish centre in Alia town in Tel Temir countryside of Hasakah province on Saturday. Five Kurdish Asayish forces died due to the terror attack,” the Asayish leadership said in a statement. 

“Our forces were killed while trying to prevent the explosive cars from entering the town. They died while trying to prevent civilian casualties,” Asayish officer Ali Abdo told ARA News in Alia town.

The Kurdish security officer accused militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) of being behind the attack. 

“We have expelled ISIS terrorists from Tel Temir district and the surround areas. Now the group tries to infiltrate into the district and kill more innocent civilians, especially Christians and Kurds, but we stress that we’ll do our best in order to protect the people of this region against this barbaric group and its atrocities,” he told ARA News. 

Reporting by: Heysem Haci and Wladimir van Wilgenburg 

Source: ARA News

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