ISIS plants explosive devices before withdrawing from northern Raqqa to prevent civilians’ return

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Explosives seized by Kurdish fighters after ISIS withdrawal from the western countryside of Sere Kaniye in Hasakah province. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – At least five people were killed in an explosion in Suluk town near Tel Abyad city in Raqqa province, northeast Syria. 

The victims were from the displaced people of Suluk who returned to their hometown after the withdrawal of IS militants. They lost their lives when an explosive device detonated in a residential building on Thursday. 

The town of Suluk was recently liberated by the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) after clashes with militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS).

A Kurdish source told ARA News that IS militants had planted dozens of mines and explosive devices in Suluk town and the nearby city of Tel Abyad before their withdrawal nearly two months ago. 

“The explosive devices prevent many displaced civilians from returning home,” the source said. 

Speaking to ARA News, YPG fighter Defrem Kortai said their forces in cooperation with specialized teams tried to dismantle the mines and explosive devices left by IS militants in the area.

“Although we removed many of them, there seems to be some explosive devices planted within residential buildings. The radical group wants to terrorize people even after withdrawing from their towns,” Kortai said. 

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho

Source: ARA News 

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