Bomb Kills three, wounds dozens in town in Syrian Kurdistan

A bomb placed on a motorcycle went off on Sunday, killing three and injuring more than 20 people in Gire Spi.

Agencies, K24

GRE SPI - A bomb placed on a motorcycle went off on Sunday, killing three and injuring more than 20 people in Gire Spi (Tel Abyad) a Kurdish-held town in the Syrian province of Raqqa along the Turkish border.

Those killed were a husband and wife, and a child unrelated to them, according to doctor Muhammad Arif, a physician at Gire Spi hospital. Arif told a K24 reporter that nine people with serious injuries were taken to Turkish hospitals on the northern side of the border.

Of the injured, eight were children. K24 reports that the children were coming home from school when the explosion occurred in the town center. The identities of the victims were not immediately available.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, on the other hand, says the target of the bomb was a checkpoint of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) forces in the town.

Gire Spi was an Islamic State stronghold before it was captured last June by the YPG, backed by the US-led anti-IS coalition. Since then, the multi-ethnic town has been administratively incorporated into the self-declared Kobani Canton in the de-facto autonomous region of Syrian Kurdistan, better known as Rojava. It had a population of 15 thousand before 2011. But the number of its inhabitants dwindled to less than several thousand as the Syrian conflict grew.

(Ridwan Bezar contributed to this report from Kobani)