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Death toll of explosion increases to 31 people, including US soldiers

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Editing: Obaida Al Nabwani |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Glory Jabr
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Publication date: 2019/01/16 19:12

Aleppo - SMART

The death toll increased to 31 people after an explosion hit a patrol of the International Coalition against the Islamic State in the city of Manbij, 80 kilometers east of Aleppo,  Northern Syria on Wednesday. The 31 people included United States soldiers, members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and civilians.

A medical source from the city reported that the explosion killed 13 people, including four US soldiers from the International Coalition, two members of the SDF’s Manbij military council and seven civilians.

The source added that the number of wounded reached 18 people, five of them with critical injuries. The source noted that among the injured four soldiers of the International Coalition, and two members of the Manbij military council, in addition to 13 civilians.

The IS claimed responsibility for the explosion, saying that it sent a suicide bomber, called Abu Yassin al-Shami, with an explosive belt to blow himself up amid an International Coalition military patrol in Manbij. The explosion killed and injured nine International Coalition soldiers and some SDF members.