The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for the six bombings that rocked key Syrian cities and killed at least 53 people earlier on Monday.
In a statement carried by the group’s Amaq news agency, the IS said six of its suicide bombers had carried out bombings in Tartus, Homs, Hasakah and Damascus. According to local media reports, the deadliest of all the blasts took place at Tartous, home to a Russian naval base and the heartland of President Bashar al-Assad.
Six explosions hit government-controlled areas and a province held by a Kurdish militia in Syria on Monday morning, killing dozens of people.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which maintains a network of contacts inside Syria, put the overall death toll at 53.