On April 1, the Syrian National Army (SNA) foiled a suicide attack in the heart of the Turkish-occupied area of Afrin in northern Syria.
SNA security units apprehended two female suicide bombers who were moving in Afrin’s city center in a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV. The women were wearing explosive belts, which were dismantled by specialists on the spot.
The al-Mohrar Media, that is linked to the SNA, claimed that the two suicide attackers are affiliated with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The People’s Protection Units and other factions of the SDF are known for carrying out attacks in Afrin. However, these forces do not carry out suicide bombings. The accusations against the SDF were likely political.
The suicide attacks may be linked to ISIS, whose cells are known to be active in Turkish-occupied areas in northern and northeastern including Afrin.
Afrin has been experiencing a state of lawlessness since it was occupied by the Turkish military and its proxies in early 2018. Ankara is yet to make serious efforts to secure the area.
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