June 02, 2019

Twin explosions hit Syrian city of Raqqa; kill, injure dozens

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: Kurdistan 24

Journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg

At least 10 people were killed on Saturday when separate explosions rocked the Syrian city of Raqqa, an incident which underlines the continued threat of Islamic State sleeper cells in northeastern Syria.

A suicide bomber targeted the city's Paradise Square at 10 p.m. local time, close to a checkpoint of the local internal security forces.

The Paradise Square, known as Dawar al-Naim in Arabic, was renovated a few months ago by a local civil society organization with support from the Raqqa Civil Council.

A Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) source in Raqqa confirmed to Kurdistan 24 that there were casualties.

According to the Sound and Picture group, which documents Islamic State crimes, 10 people were killed and many others injured.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a war monitoring group, also confirmed that 10 were killed, including five civilians and five members of the local security forces.

Read the full article and more in Kurdistan 24.


  • Nicholas Heras

    Former Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a former Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. His work focused on the analysis of complex...