Car bomb kills Kurdish police officer in northeast Syria

Security forces gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion in Qamishli in northeastern Syria’s Hasakah province on Sunday, August 18, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 18 August 2019
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Car bomb kills Kurdish police officer in northeast Syria

  • Car bomb was detonated by ‘remote control’ near a school
  • There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the latest to hit Kurdish-held areas of northeast Syria

QAMISHLI, Syria: A car bomb killed a police officer and wounded two other people Sunday in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria, police said, the second such attack in just over a month.
Kurdish police spokesman Ali Al-Hassan said the car bomb was detonated by “remote control” near a school, “killing a member of our (police) forces.”
An AFP correspondent at the scene said the car exploded as a Kurdish police patrol drove by, not far from a Syrian army position.
Firefighters rushed to the scene to put out a blaze that spread from the vehicle to nearby trees, the correspondent said, adding that debris and traces of blood littered the ground.
Syrian state news agency SANA said the car bombing caused casualties but did not give further details.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor reported that a member of the Kurdish Asayesh security forces was killed in the bombing.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the latest to hit Kurdish-held areas of northeast Syria.
In July a car bombing near a church in Qamishli wounded several people. Another one in June near Kurdish security offices in the city injured seven people, including a child.
Syria’s Kurds have led the US-backed fight in the war-torn country against the Daesh group, which continues to claim attacks despite losing its last patch of territory earlier this year.
The militants have vowed to avenge their defeat at the hands of Kurdish-led forces and maintain a presence in Syria’s vast Badia desert as well as in the east and northeast of the country.
Kurdish forces control most of Qamishli while Syrian government troops are deployed in the city’s Arab quarters and around the airport.


Fallen Tunisian autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali dies

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Fallen Tunisian autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali dies

TUNIS: Tunisia's ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali died on Thursday, days after a free presidential election in his homeland, his family lawyer said.

“Ben Ali just died,” the lawyer, Mounir Ben Salha, told Reuters by phone.

Ben Ali fled Tunisia in January 2011 as his compatriots rose up against his oppressive rule in a revolution that inspired other Arab Spring uprisings abroad and led to a democratic transition at home.

On Sunday, Tunisians voted in an election that featured candidates from across the political spectrum, sending two political outsiders through to a second round vote unthinkable during Ben Ali's own era of power.

However, while they have enjoyed a much smoother march to democracy than citizens of the other Arab states that also rose up in 2011, many of them are economically worse off than they were under Ben Ali.

While almost all the candidates in Sunday's election were vocal champions of the revolution, one of them, Abir Moussi, campaigned as a supporter of Ben Ali's ousted government, receiving 4 percent of the votes.