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Islamic State claims responsibility for suicide attack targeting Russian forces in Syria

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The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in the western countryside of Deraa province, Syria on Tuesday. 

According to Laith Alkhouri citing the Islamic State media, a suicide attacker blew himself up near Russian and Syrian forces in Zeyzun allegedly killing 35, wounding 15.

In a series of posts in Telegram on 10 July the Islamic State’s sources reported that up to 5 Russian soldiers died during a suicide attack.

For its part, the Russian Ministry of Defense has refuted the recent reports from Syrian news outlets alleged dozens of Russian soldiers killed in Syria as a result of the terrorist attack.

“There have not been any losses of Russian servicemen in the Deraa province or in the Syrian Arab Republic in general,” the defense department said. “All Russian servicemen are alive…”

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the explosion hit Zaizun, a village in the western countryside of Daraa province which rebels agreed in recent days to hand over to regime control.

At least eight rebel and regime fighters were killed in the attack, has been blamed on Jaish Khalid ibn al-Walid, which is linked to the IS and controls a valley region in Daraa province.

“Eight regime and opposition fighters who recently reconciled were killed in a suicide car bomb attack targeting a military position in Zaizun,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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