Islamic State kills 24 in Homs bombing, lose ground to Syrian government forces

BEIRUT – A bomb attack claimed by Islamic State in the Syrian government-controlled city of Homs killed at least 24 people on Tuesday, the city’s governor said, as government forces took back some IS-held villages east of Aleppo.

The governor of Homs said the first of two explosions was caused by a car bomb targeting a security checkpoint. A suicide bomber then set off an explosive belt, state media reported. “We know we are targets for terrorists, especially now the (Syrian) army is advancing and local reconciliation agreements are being implemented,” Governor Talal Barazi told Reuters by telephone.



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