WHO BLEW IT: Five explosions struck rebel and Kurdish positions in Aleppo city and its northern countryside Saturday. Although the perpetrator remains unknown, Jabhat a-Nusra has pointed the finger at the Islamic State for attacking its checkpoint that was among the targets.
“Two car bombs blew up at a Jabhat a-Nusra checkpoint near the entrance to Musqan village, and a third struck a Kurdish ‘People’s Protection Units’ checkpoint in the city of Afrin,” a local citizen journalist living in the northwest Aleppo countryside who goes by Ahmed al-Ahmed told Syria Direct.
Another attack using an explosive device targeted the al-Klasa police station in Bustan al-Qasr inside Aleppo city, which is manned by the rebel Aleppo Free Police, al-Ahmed added.
20 people perished and dozens were wounded as a result of the car bomb attacks in the northern countryside, including members of the Civil Defence Units.
No party has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks, and it remains unclear if they were part of a single operation or unrelated acts.
This, while Jabhat a-Nusra wrote on their official Aleppo Twitter account, “for the second time…the [Islamic] State group strikes a Jabhat a-Nusra checkpoint with a car bomb.”
-January 11, 2015
-Photo courtesy of Halab News.
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