A pair of suicide bombers killed an estimated 20 Syrian soldiers in an attack in the city of Daraa, near the Jordanian border. Today’s suicide attack is the 40th of its kind in Syria in less than a year.
The suicide bombers attacked a military camp in Daraa that is used by the military and intelligence forces fighting for Syrian President Bashir al Assad. Members of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Al Jazeera and Reuters that the dual suicide attack was followed up with mortars and gunfire.
The Syrian Arab News Agency, the state-run news service loyal to Assad, claimed that “terrorists on Saturday detonated three car bombs in the city of Daraa, causing the martyrdom of 7 citizens.” SANA claimed that the bombings took place in two separate areas, against civilians.
Several Islamist groups operate in Syria, including the Al Nusrah Front, Al Qaeda in Iraq, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, the Al Baraa Ibn Malik Martyrdom Brigade, and the Omar al Farouq Brigade.