An explosion hit Ghweran prison in Hasaka, northeast Syria (Rojava) late Thursday, according to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which adds that the attack was a prison break attempt to free the Islamic State (ISIS) prisoners.
“Our forces and the relavent security services are dealing with a new insurrection and an escape attempt carried out by ISIS terrorists detained in Ghweran prison in Hasaka, in conjunction with the detonation of a car bomb by the terrorist organization’s cells near the ‘Sadkob’ facility for storing and distributing petroleum products, close to the prison, and then clashes occurred between the Internal Security Forces with members of the terrorist organization cells infiltrated from the nearby neighborhoods,” said the SDF in a statement.
Local media reported injuries among the Kurdish security forces and the escape of 20 ISIS prisoners.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) also reported the “violent explosion,” saying a large number of security forces were deployed to the incident area.
Siyamend Ali, head of media for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) which is the backbone of the SDF, said in a tweet that the prison contains thousands of ISIS prisoners. “The clashes continue between our forces and the terrorists.”