Bomb blast kills at least six in northeast Syria - monitor | Reuters

BEIRUT A bomb blast killed at least six people in the mostly Kurdish-controlled city of Hasaka in northeastern Syria on Tuesday, monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The blast, believed to be a bomb on a motorbike, hit a bakery and wounded nearly 20 others, with the death toll likely to rise because of the number of serious injuries, the British-based Observatory said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing.

Islamic State has targeted areas of Hasaka province in the past, including another city, Qamishli, but bomb attacks in Hasaka city itself have been rarer in recent months.

The Kurdish YPG militia, which controls most of Hasaka province, captured large areas of territory from Islamic State in northeastern Syria last year and is involved in a U.S.-backed offensive against the jihadists further west near the Turkish border.

(Reporting by John Davison, editing by Larry King)

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Published Date: Jul 06, 2016 12:31 am | Updated Date: Jul 06, 2016 12:31 am