78 Killed, Several Injured In Multiple Bomb Attack In SyriaFeatured, Latest News Monday, May 23rd, 2016
BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – At least 78 people have been killed, while many were injured, in a series of car and suicide bombings which hit two government strongholds on Syria’s Mediterranean coast.
In contrast, the monitoring group has put the death toll at over 120.
Four bombings targeted bus stations in the port city of Tartous and in Jableh, a town to the north, which have until now escaped the worst of over five years civil war.
The latest attack has been reportedly linked to the so-called Islamic State (IS).
Amaq (news agency) cited an IS source as saying militants had targeted “gatherings of Alawites”, a reference to the heterodox Shia sect to which President Bashar al-Assad belongings.
The major backer of Al-Assad, Russia’s naval base is sited in Tartous and an airbase near Jableh, from where it has conducted air strikes on IS targets across Syria.
Sana Police source was quoted as saying 45 people were killed while several others, mostly, women and children, were injured in Jableh.
It reported that two bombs exploded at the main entrance of the town’s bus station.
Similarly, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of the emergency department at Jableh National Hospital.
Again, the fourth blast reportedly occurred near the offices of Jableh’s electricity directorate, on the outskirts of the Amara residential district.
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