DAMASCUS: An attack on a civilian bus in northern Syria on Monday killed 13 people, including 11 soldiers, and wounded three troops, Syrian state media reported, quoting an unnamed military official
According to state TV, the attack occurred in the province of Raqqa, which was once controlled by the extremist Islamic State group. The report did not say whether the bus was ambushed and attacked with machinegun fire, or whether it was hit by a missile or a roadside bomb.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the attack had all the hallmarks of IS militants who have carried out similar attacks over the past months, leaving dozens dead or wounded. The militants proclaimed a so-called caliphate in a third of both Iraq and Syria in 2014 and the city of Raqqa was their de-facto capital.
They were defeated in 2019 but IS sleeper cells still carry out deadly attacks. Syrian authorities regularly blame such attacks on the Islamic State group. The militants’ sleeper cells have been active in eastern, northern and central Syria.