Stars and Stripes stripes.com 04 Jan, 2021 11:15 am

Militants attack bus in central Syria, killing nine

Militants attack bus in central Syria, killing nine
The ambush is the second this week to target buses traveling between government-controlled areas and to be blamed on suspected Islamic State militants.

Militants attack bus in central Syria, killing nine DAMASCUS, Syria — Militants ambushed buses traveling down a highway in central Syria late Sunday, killing nine people, including a 13-year-old girl, state media reported.The difference could not be immediately reconciled but state media rarely accounts for military casualties.State media said the attack earlier this week was against civilians.Syrian state media rarely reports military casualties.

Islamic State militants have been active in the desert area south and central Syria despite losing territorial control in the country since last year.The militants ambushed three buses traveling down a highway in central Syria, immediately killing nine and wounding four, according to the governor of the central Hama province, Mohammed Tarek Krishani.

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