Kurdish Wedding Bombed in NE Syria, At Least 22 Killed

Scores Wounded in Attack, No Claim of Responsibility

A bombing attack tore through a high-profile wedding in the Kurdish-dominated city of Hasakeh, in northeastern Syria today, killing at least 22 people, and wounding as many as 90 others. Among the slain were the groom, as well as a high-ranking member of the Kurdish PYD party.

There was no claim of responsibility for the incident so far, and Kurdish officials say it is unclear if the attack was the result of a suicide bomber, or if it was an explosive device planted in advance at the site. Some rumors were that a woman suicide bomber was involved, but this is unconfirmed.

ISIS, the most likely culprit, did claim a separate suicide bombing attack in the same city, but they claimed to have attacked a group of YPG fighters, and to have fired machine guns before the bombing. Kurdish officials didn’t confirm this incident, but it’s clearly not what happened at the wedding.

The Kurdish YPG controls almost the entire Hasakeh Province, including the bulk of the capital city. ISIS has had an intermittent presence on the outskirts, and the Syrian government had its own forces in Hasakeh itself, though they fought with the YPG recently and lost much of their territory.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.