Suicide bombing kills dozens in Syria

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A suicide bombing killed 48 people, including women and children, Wednesday in northern Syria, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

A truck bomb exploded near buildings belonging to a Kurdish security agency and other governmental departments in the city of Qamishli near the border with Turkey, CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh reported. The observatory said 140 people also were hurt.

ISIS claimed responsibility and said in a statement that one of its members drove a truck rigged with explosives to reach the Kurdish administrative complex where defense, interior and military recruiting departments operated.

ISIS said the suicide operation was a “response to the crimes committed by the coalition warplanes against the vulnerable people of men, women, and children in Manbij City.”

Human rights groups said last week that U.S.-led airstrikes in and around the ISIS-controlled city of Manbij have killed more than 100 and wounded dozens more since June.

Video from Qamishli showed residents digging through rubble searching for survivors and women wailing from apartments where the blast had blown off front walls.

The terror group has claimed responsibility for a spate of terror attacks recently, including one that killed at least 21 people this week in Baghdad, Iraq.

Earlier this month, the deadliest terror attack in Baghdad in years killed nearly 300 people when a suicide truck bomb plowed into a busy shopping district.

This week in northern France, ISIS said its “soldiers” were behind a deadly church attack in which a 86-year-old priest had his throat slit. One of the two suspects in the attack was known to anti-terror authorities after attempting a trip to Syria, a French anti-terrorism prosecutor said Tuesday.

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