Damascus: More than 50 people were killed on Wednesday in a series of suicide bombings and gun attacks claimed by the Islamic State terror group on government-held parts of south-western Syria. The attacks took place in and around the government-held city of Suweida. The IS claimed the attacks via its outlet on the messaging app Telegram.

The seemingly coordinated attacks were the deadliest in government-held territory in many months. At least 78 people were injured, reports said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based monitoring group, reported a string of suicide blasts in Suweida and in villages to the north and east.

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