Suicide bomber kills several in Syrian coastal city Latakia
June 02 2016 05:21 PM
Syrian government troops walk inside the town of Salma in Latakia province
Syrian government troops walk inside the town of Salma in Latakia province

Reuters /Beirut

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a mosque in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia on Thursday, killing and wounding several people, a monitoring group and state media reported.

The explosion took place near the city centre as people were leaving prayers, state TV reported, describing it as a terrorist attack.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the conflict using sources on the ground, confirmed the blast took place in a northern area of Latakia.
The Obseratory said the blast killed at least three people. State media reported at least one dead and several wounded.
State-run Ikhbariya news channel showed patches of blood on the ground and rescue workers and security personnel carrying wounded people towards ambulances.
Last week a series of bombings killed nearly 150 people in Jableh, just south of Latakia, and Tartous, the first such attacks of their kind in those cities.
Bomb attacks have previously hit Latakia city, which is in President Bashar al-Assad's heartland along the Mediterranean coast.
Islamic State claimed last week's attacks, and similarly deadly blasts in the Syrian capital Damascus and western city Homs earlier this year.

Last updated: June 02 2016 06:06 PM

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