Suicide bombers disguised as farmers struck an army position in western Syria on Tuesday April 9th, in an attack that killed all the militants and another three people, Reuters has reported, citing state media.
The attack north of Hama city adds to pressures on Russian-Turkish agreements that have contained the eight-year-long war in northwestern Syria, the last major foothold of the insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 10 people were killed and the attack was carried out by a jihadist group in a “demilitarised” zone set up under the Turkish-Russian agreement. But there was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The militants were dressed as local farmers when they struck the army post around 3 am (midnight GMT). A tank supporting them was destroyed, according to state media.
“The clash between the guards at the position and the terrorists resulted in three martyrs and the killing of all members of the terrorist group,” state-run media cited a military source as saying.
Russia and Turkey struck an agreement last September that staved off a major government offensive into Idlib and adjacent areas of Hama and Aleppo provinces through the creation of the demilitarized zone.
But jihadist groups that hold sway in the Idlib region have further tightened their grip in recent months, while Russia, Assad’s most powerful ally, remains keen to help him take back the territory.