Four U.S. servicemembers killed, three wounded in Islamic State suicide bombing in Syrian town

Published By ITCT News Desk On : January 16, 2019
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Syria: A suicide bombing in the Syrian town of Manbij on Wednesday targeted the joint Coalition-SDF patrol, killing four U.S. soldiers and wounding three others, Reuters said while quoting a U.S. official.

Photo from the attack site

The blast destroyed surrounding shops and businesses

The explosion occurred near a restaurant and caused extensive damage to surrounding shops and buildings. Multiple videos circulating on social media show aftermath of the attack.

A CCTV footage circulating on social media purports to show the exact moment when the blast occurred.

Another video shows U.S. rescue choppers in the sky over the Syrian town.

According to initial reports, at least 7 civilians were also killed and injured in the attack.

The attack was almost instantly claimed by the Islamic State group, which released multiple claims for the attack.

Detailed IS claim for Manbij suicide bombing

Official Islamic State communique by al-Nashir claiming responsibility for the suicide bombing in Manbij, Syria identified the suicide bomber as Abu Yasin al-Shami. The statement further claims 9 killed and injured and says U.S. deployed choppers to rescue the personnel.

A statement given to Voice of America by International Coalition for Operation Inherent Resolve said:

 

A BBC journalist confirmed that a British SAS soldier entered the hotel complex in Nairobi to rescue hostages and in the process shot at the terrorists.

A photo circulating on social media purports to show the suicide bomber who carried out the bombing:

Suspected suicide bomber #Manbij

Two U.S. service members, one Department of Defense civilian and one contractor were killed by an explosion while conducting a local engagement in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on Wednesday.

Three other U.S. service members were injured in the blast, according to U.S. officials.

Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led mission to defeat the Islamic State, did not provide further information regarding the cause of the explosion.

 

This story will be updated in case of new information. 

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