IS claims wave of bombings that killed dozens

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 - 7:02

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At least 48 people have been killed in bombings in mainly government-held areas of Syria, and dozens have been injured.

The Britain-based Observatory, which maintains a network of contacts in Syria, put the overall death toll at 53, although Syrian state TV said 48 were killed.

4 attacks took place within an hour in Tartous, Homs and in a suburb of Damascus, with one in Hassakeh, which is dominated by Kurdish forces.

The deadliest incident was outside Tartous, home to a Russian naval base and in the heartland of President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite sect.

The Islamic State group said it was behind the attacks.