BREAKING: 27 DEAD After TERRORIST Attack Near Air Force Base

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DAMASCUS, SYRIA – According to the ISIS-linked Amaq Agency, a jihadist suicide bomber named Abu Othman Al-Tai drove a car bomb headlong into a gathering of Syrian troops in eastern Homs on Thursday, Chris Tomson at Al Masdar News reported.

Minutes after the Suicide Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (SVBIED) detonated its explosives, dozens of ISIS insurgents reportedly overran several unidentified Syrian Arab Army SAA-held positions in the Mannoukh area and seized spoils of war at the newly captured points.

The outlet claimed 27 soldiers of the SAA were killed-in-action following the attack which targeted a desert area north of the T4 Airbase.

Amaq also underlined that one SAA tank and BMP-1 were destroyed by the subsequent infantry attack. In addition, ISIS supposedly seized a batch of anti-tank missiles and a pickup truck from the government forces.

Al-Masdar News could not independently verify the aforementioned claims. However, military sources said that heavy clashes have occurred in eastern Homs over the past 48 hours.

Since last month, the SAA has liberated a number of villages and key hill tops in eastern Homs, thereby advancing through territory controlled by the self-declared caliphate since 2014.

Amaq Agency also published a series of pictures on Tuesday showing the alleged destruction of two T-72 tanks in the Hama and Homs countryside.

Meanwhile, AFF reports that the ISIS terrorist group attacked several government-held villages in central Syria on Thursday, capturing at least one of them in violence that left 52 people dead including more than two dozen women and children, some of whom were beheaded, as well as Syrian troops, state media, medical officials and an opposition monitoring group said.

The attack in the central Hama province targeted villages where most residents belong to the Ismaili branch of Shiite Islam, raising fears the extremists might massacre them, as they have in other minority communities in Syria and Iraq.

The villages are located near the town of Salamiyeh and the highway that links the capital, Damascus, to the northern city of Aleppo.

The attacks come as government forces are on the offensive against the extremists in other parts of Syria, mostly in the northern province of Aleppo and the central Homs region and to the east. U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led forces are meanwhile marching toward the extremists’ de-facto capital of Raqqa, in northern Syria.

State news agency SANA said militants were able to storm homes in the southern part of the Aqareb al-Safi village, adding that government forces repelled them, pushing them back toward the desert.

The head of the National Hospital in Salamiyeh, Dr. Noufal Safar, said the hospital received 52 bodies, including 11 women and 17 children. He said some of them were beheaded and others had their limbs amputated.

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Rami Razzouk, a coroner at the hospital who inspected the bodies, said the children brought in were mostly dismembered, while most of the men died from shelling or heavy machine gun fire.

He said at least nine children were beaten with heavy objects such as bricks or stones on their heads or necks. Razzouk said there were “a couple of children whose heads were fully dismembered because of the beating.”

Two of the children “had most of their limbs removed so they had to be carried in blankets” and two men were shot in the eye, he said. He said 120 people were wounded.

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SANA said the army foiled the attack on Thursday.

The pro-government Sham FM radio placed the death toll of the attack on Akairbat at 30.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian warplanes struck IS positions in central Syria, following the attack.

Source- AFF

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