Explosions outside restaurant in Syria

Violence and unrest continue

AP News
October 11, 2019 - 12:42 pm

(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)


BEIRUT (AP) — Activists and Syrian Kurdish officials are reporting explosions in the city of Qamishli in a Kurdish area in northeastern Syria outside a popular fast food restaurant.

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosions Friday during intensive shelling by the Turkish military in the city and other areas.

The explosions came amid fears that Islamic State sleeper cells could exploit the Turkish offensive in the area to expand their operations.

The Rojava Information Center, a media collective in the Kurdish-held areas, said one person was killed when two cars laden with explosives detonated, including one with a suicide bomber inside. The Kurdish Hawar News agency also reported one killed.

The attack occurred outside a popular falafel area in Qamishli, the main urban center in Kurdish-held areas. The loud explosions were followed by plumes of smoke and fires.

Rojava Information Center said vehicles of Kurdish fighters with munitions were parked outside the restaurant, which could explain the multiple explosions.