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    Members of the Kurdish Internal Security Police Force of Asayish keep watch during a security alert after clashes with regime forces in Qamishli, northeastern Syria, on 8 September 2018

    Mined Car Explodes in North-Eastern Syrian City of Qamishli Near Turkey, Casualties Reported

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    Last week, an explosion was reported in the Dummar district of the country's capital Damascus. The blast at an ammunition depot led to a wildfire, but resulted in no casualties.

    A mined car has exploded in the Kaddour Beek district of the Syrian north-eastern city of Qamishli, located near the borders with Turkey and Iraq, Syria TV reported. The media outlet said that the terror attack led to "injuries and fatalities" among civilians, but didn't provide any numbers. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

    The explosion reportedly took place in front of the local Asayish headquarters, a Kurdish security force. Despite the presence of Damascus’ representatives in many of the governmental facilities, Qamishli is mostly controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).

    The city has suffered several terror attacks in recent years, most of which were reportedly organised by the Daesh* terrorist group. One of the deadliest attacks took place in July 2016 and claimed the lives of 40 people.

    Daesh* forces were driven out of Qamishli in 2016, but the group's last sliver of land in the Arab Republic was liberated only in 2019, after months of fighting between the terrorists and Kurdish forces near the city of Baghouz. However, Daesh* leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi remains at large, with him reportedly last being seen in a video released in April 2019.

    *Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia


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