Daesh be­hind triple sui­cide at­tack in Syria

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BEIRUT: Daesh claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity on Wednesday for a triple sui­cide at­tack on the main po­lice head­quar­ters in Syria’s cap­i­tal Da­m­as­cus that killed at least two peo­ple.

Two at­tack­ers “en­tered the head­quar­ters build­ing and fought with those inside... then det­o­nated their ex­plo­sive vests” be­fore a third also blew him­self up, it said in a state­ment re­leased via the Tele­gram mes­sag­ing app.

Mean­while, the US-led coali­tion bat­tling Daesh said that it won’t ac­cept a ne­go­ti­ated with­drawal for hun­dreds of Daesh mil­i­tants holed up in the Syr­ian city of Raqqa, once the ex­trem­ists’ de facto cap­i­tal.

Airstrikes on the city ap­peared to have de­creased, ap­par­ently to al­low for the evac­u­a­tions and the talks. The coali­tion re­ported five airstrikes near Raqqa on Tues­day.

In an­other devel­op­ment, a Syr­ian film­maker close to the op­po­si­tion who made a film about a no­to­ri­ous regime prison has been stabbed by an un­known as­sailant in Is­tan­bul, sup­port­ers and Syr­ian groups said.

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