Gunmen attack civilian bus near Syria’s Qamishli, casualties reported


The Kurdish forces of the YPG deployed along the Qamishli-Hasakah road. File photo

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – Anonymous gunmen attacked a passenger bus on the road linking the cities of Hasakah and Qamishli (Qamishlo) in northeastern Syria, injuring the bus driver and a number of other passengers.

Hammadi A., an employee in the Transportation Company of Hewler based in the city of Qamishli, told ARA News that one of the company’s buses was exposed to gun fire by unknown party “who carried the flags of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS)” near the junction of Tel Mansoura village, injuring the bus driver and a number of other passengers, “one of whom was seriously wounded”.

“The wounded were transferred to the national hospital of Amuda city,” the source added.

Dr. Fareed Saadoun, vice dean of the Faculty of Arts at al-Furat University (al-Hasakah branch) and one of the injured, commented on the incident saying: “While we  were returning from Hasakah to Qamishli, our bus was shot by an armed group at the junction of Tel Mansoura about 1:00 A.M , injured of the driver , in addition to injuring 4 other passengers.”

“Meanwhile, the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection units (YPG)  surrounded the incident’s location and deployed in the nearby villages,” Saadoun added.

Noteworthy, the road between al-Hasakah and Qamishli has witnessed several incidents of this kind over the last few months, without knowing the perpetrators, although the YPG forces (military arm of the Protection Democratic Union Party PYD) accused the Islamic State, an al-Qaeda offshoot, of being behind such operations.


Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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