ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A car bombing outside a school in the northern Syria city of Qamishli on Sunday morning killed a member of the Kurdish Asayesh security forces and wounded another, health officials confirmed.
The incident comes as US and Turkish officials continue to thrash out the details of a new ‘safe zone’ along Turkey’s shared border with Kurdish-controlled northern Syria.
The wounded Asayesh officers were taken to the city’s Rahma Hospital where one of them succumbed to his injuries, health officials told Rudaw’s Vivyan Fatah.
The blast occurred outside al-Sina’a high school in the city’s al-Arbouiya district around 8:30 a.m. during the morning rush hour.
The Islamic State group (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the attack.
According to a post by the jihadist group’s Amaq News Agency on messaging app Telegram, the blast targeted a Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) office, killing six.
Rudaw has been unable to verify the claim.
ISIS was territorially defeated at its final holdout in Baghouz, Deir ez-Zor province in March but has continued to launch insurgent attacks against Kurdish forces in the region.
Qamishli is located in Hasaka province, northern Syria and is under the control of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (NES). However, some neighborhoods remain under the control of the Syrian regime.
Early last month, 12 people were injured when a car bomb exploded near a church in a Syrian regime-held neighbourhood of Qamishli.
The Syrian civil war began in 2011 after the regime crackdown on Arab Spring-inspired protests escalated into armed conflict. Damascus lost control of swathes of the country to armed opposition groups and later to the Islamic State (ISIS).
The war has claimed the lives of at least 300,000 Syrians and displaced millions.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has intensified efforts to take back these areas with the help of Iran and Russia.