IS hit for 3rd time in Syria
BEIRUT: Three Islamic State activists have been killed in eastern Syria, Syrian state TV and a group that tracks the Syrian conflict said on Saturday, the third attack on the movement in the area reported this week.
The latest incident occurred in or around the town of Al-Boleel in Deir Al-Zor province — not far from where a senior figure in Islamic State’s self-declared police force was said to have been killed on Tuesday and at least three members of the group were reported abducted on Wednesday.
Syrian state TV said the latest attack was carried out by “the popular resistance in the eastern region.” An Islamic State vehicle was targeted and three people inside were killed, the television station reported in a headline flashed on screen.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said preliminary reports indicated that three Islamic State activists had been killed. It identified the target as Islamic State’s office in Al-Boleel.
The killings occurred after midnight on Friday, it said.
“After the attack, Islamic State carried out an arrest campaign,” said Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Observatory. He said Islamic State had confiscated Internet equipment in the area, hindering the Observatory’s reporting.
Islamic State controls nearly all of Deir Al-Zor province, which stretches from its stronghold in the Syrian province of Raqqa to the border with Iraq and links together its self-declared caliphate in the two countries.