ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Two explosions rocked the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) on Wednesday, followed by reports that people were killed and injured.
The twin blasts are believed to have been caused by car bombs, one of them taking place near Kawa crossroad and the other one targeting an area near Velat street, according to a source who spoke to a Kurdistan 24 correspondent in Rojava.
As many as 26 people were killed and wounded in the two explosions, according to the source.
Following the explosions, ambulances were dispatched to the site of the bombs and transferred the victims to nearby hospitals.
Security forces in the area have closed some of the main roads near the sites of the explosions.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks by any group.
Turkey and its Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels began a military campaign on Jan. 20 against the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), then in control of Afrin, located in Syria's northwestern region.
After months of bombardment that killed hundreds of civilians and displaced tens of thousands more, the enclave was eventually overrun by the Turkish army and FSA forces on March 18.
Since then, the Turkish army and the FSA forces have been in charge of the security of the area.
Editing by John J. Catherine