Islamic State militants have claimed responsibility for attacks on the Syrian city of Homs which killed at least 16 people and injured dozens more. The militants said their fighter blew himself up with 150kg of explosives near a central city hospital.
The incident happened near a hospital in the al-Zahra neighborhood of the city. The area has seen several bombings. It is home to the Alawite minority, to whom the ruling elite in Syria belongs.
Syrian state television described the attack as “two large terrorist explosions.” The second explosion reportedly took place in a nearby shop a few minutes after the car bombing detonated.
At least 16 people have been killed and 54 others injured. Some are in a critical condition, Governor of Homs Talal al-Barazi told SANA.