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At least 44 killed in Syria attack

dpa logodpa 27/07/2016

Syrian state TV and hospital officials raise the death toll to 44 from a bombing in the northern town of Qamishli.

At least 44 have been killed and more than 140 others injured in an attack claimed by Islamic State forces upon the Kurdish-held town of Qamishli in north-eastern Syria.

"The initial number of the victims of the blast that targeted the eastern district of the town also includes 140 injuries, while there are still dead bodies under the debris (that have not been retrieved yet)," Qamishli National Hospital Director Omar Al-Qaqoub said.

A car bomb targeting the Justice Department and Kurdish internal security force in the town located in al-Hasaka province, the head of Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman, told DPA.

Activists in the area said a truck laden with explosives blew up at the entrance of the street housing the headquarters of the Asayish forces, killing and wounding mainly civilians, as well as inflicting heavy material damage.

State TV said explosives in a vehicle and a motorbike were detonated in Wednesday's attack.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Qamishli, near the Turkish border, is mainly controlled by Kurds but Syrian government forces are present and control the town's airport.

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