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IS-claimed car bomb kills Kurdish police officer in Syria

Qamishli was hit by car bomb blasts in June and July [AFP]

Date of publication: 18 August, 2019

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Despite being pushed out of its last territorial stronghold earlier this year, the Islamic State extremist group retains a presence in Syria and regularly claims attacks.
A police officer was killed on Sunday in a car bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria's Kurdish-governed northeast, police said.

The car bomb was detonated by "remote control" near a school in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli, police spokesman Ali al-Hassan said.

The car exploded just as a Kurdish police patrol drove by, AFP reported. 

The scene was not far from a Syrian army position. While Kurdish forces control most of the city, Syrian regime troops are deployed in the city's Arab quarters and around its airport.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that a member of the Kurdish Asayesh security forces was killed in the blast.

The attack was claimed by IS via the extremist group's Telegram account and is the latest attack to hit the Kurdish-administered areas of northeast Syria.

It was the Kurdish forces of the region that made up the bulk of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US-backed armed forces that managed to rout IS militants from their last territorial stronghold in Syria earlier this year.

Nonetheless, many IS militants evaded capture by the SDF and the group maintains a presence throughout Syria's north and east, periodically claiming attacks waged against various forces, as well as in the vast Badia desert.

The militant group also claimed responsibility on Sunday for a devastating suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan.

Joy and celebration turned into horror and carnage when the attacker targeted a packed Afghan wedding hall, killing at least 63 people in the deadliest attack to rock Kabul in months.

A car bombing near a church in Qamishli wounded several people in July, and another in June near the Kurdish security offices in the city injured seven people.

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