Islamic State claims suicide attack that killed 14 in Syria


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BEIRUT: The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in southern Syria that killed more than a dozen soldiers and pro-government fighters.

The IS-linked Aamaq news agency carried the claim for the attack in the southern village of Zeizoun, which was captured by government forces this week as part of a major offensive against rebels in southern Syria.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that closely monitors the civil war, said the attack left 14 soldiers and pro-government gunmen dead.

The attack came as government forces continued to mass troops on Wednesday ahead of an attack on the Yarmouk Basin region, which is controlled by the IS-linked Khaled bin Al-Waleed Army.—AFP