DERIK – At least 35 Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) were killed in a car bomb attack conducted by the Islamic State radical group (ISIS) in the northeastern Syria city of Derik, military sources reported on Wednesday.
“A car bomb hit a weapons store near the city of Derik, causing the death of more than 35 YPG forces,” a Kurdish source told ARA News.
“The attack was followed by massive explosions in the building where a large amount of ammunition and weapons were stored,” the source reported.
This is the first time that ISIS militants infiltrate into a Kurdish weapons store. The targeted store is located at the western entrance of Derik city near the border with Iraq.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement, saying the suicide attack was conducted by Abu Anas al-Ansari, one of its militants who infiltrated into the YPG weapons storage and detonated the explosives attached to his car.
The YPG hasn’t issued any statements on the incident yet.
This comes only two days after ISIS militants launched a major offensive on headquarters of the Kurdish forces near the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah.
On Monday, the extremist group attacked headquarters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the vicinity of Tel Brak town east of Hasakah.
“Subsequent to heavy shelling by ISIS terrorists, clashes broke out between the YPG fighters and the radical group near Tel Brak,” a spokesman for the YPG told ARA News on the phone. “Four YPG fighters were hardly injured during the clashes.”
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh
Source: ARA News
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