Multiple simultaneous explosions ripped through city streets Monday night, killing at least 48 people, and injuring dozens more. Terrorist group ISIS is now claiming responsibility for the blasts that took place all over Syria.
The attacks include a suicide bomber crashing his vehicle into the international coastal bridge. When a crowd gathered around the bombing site, another suicide bomber detonated himself within the crowd of onlookers.
According to the New York Daily News:
“Even as it loses ground in Syria and Iraq, the extremist group struck back with blasts around Syria’s coastal city of Tartus in the west, the central city of Homs, the suburbs of the capital, Damascus, and the northeastern city of Hasakeh. ISIS said it also carried out an attack in Qamishli, in Hasakeh province.”
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has contacts throughout Syria, placed the death toll around 53 tonight, although, the numbers are still coming in. ISIS is believed to be acting in retaliation against a successful military move by Turkish troops and Syrian rebels in which the terrorist organization was pushed back from Syria’s northern border.
When news of the attack broke, world leaders were gathered in China at the G20 Summit. Those in attendance include our own President Obama, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was expected that leaders would address the issue of Islamic terrorism, but no conclusion has yet been reached.
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