Bomb Blasts Kill 31 In Syria

At least 31 people have been killed, and a further 170 wounded, following two bomb blasts, claimed by Islamic State, in northeastern Syria.

Two bomb blasts claimed by Islamic State hit the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli near the Turkish border on Wednesday, killing at least 31 people and wounding 170 others, state television reported.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the blasts but gave a lower death toll of 14 killed and dozens wounded.

It said one of the bombs exploded near a security headquarters of the Kurdish administration that controls most of Hasaka province, where Qamishli is located.

State TV said one blast was from a car bomb and the other from a bomb on a motorbike.

It rolled footage purportedly from the scene of one blast, showing large-scale damage to buildings, vast amounts of rubble strewn across the road and plumes of smoke rising.

One explosion was so powerful it shattered the windows of shops in the Turkish town of Nusaybin, directly across the border. Two people were slightly hurt in Nusaybin, a witness said.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they had targeted Kurdish security forces.

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