IS claims bombing of facility of Syrian Kurds in Raqqa

 IS claims bombing of facility of Syrian Kurds in Raqqa

Kurdish female fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) gather during a celebration at the iconic Al-Naim square in Raqa on October 19, 2017, after retaking the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. The SDF fighters flushed jihadist holdouts from Raqa’s main hospital and municipal stadium, wrapping up a more than four-month offensive against what used to be the inner sanctum of IS’s self-proclaimed “caliphate”. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Islamic State (IS) on Monday took responsibility for a suicide bombing at a military base belonging to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Earlier in the day, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that a suicide bomber detonated himself at a YPG facility, killing four civilians and a YPG fighter.

In a statement on the jihadist group-affiliated Amaq news agency, IS said the attack targeted a “recruitment center” of the Kurdish militia in the city, and claimed they had killed or wounded 17 people, according to Reuters.

Amaq added that Abu Abdulla al-Shami, the bomber, first opened fire on the people at the center before detonating his explosive vest.

The YPG lead the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which liberated Raqqa from the grips of IS with the pivotal help of airstrikes carried out by the international anti-IS coalition in 2017. This was over three years after the jihadist group invaded the city and declared it the Syrian capital of their self-proclaimed Caliphate.

After taking large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria in 2014, the terror group has now been confined to a small area in eastern Syria.

However, IS continues to spread terror and has now returned to an insurgency-style war, with kidnappings, ambushes, and suicide bombings occurring on a regular basis in both countries.

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