Motorcycle bomb explodes in Kurdish-held Syrian town, three dead

Updated: 06:46 GMT, Nov 23, 2015 | Published: 03:47 GMT, Nov 23, 2015 |

A bomb placed on a motorcycle exploded on Sunday (November 22) in a Kurdish-held Syrian town along the Turkish border, killing at least three and wounding 20 others, a monitor said.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a huge blast was heard when the bike blew up in the centre of Tel Abyad, a town captured by Kurdish-led forces from Islamic State militants in June with help from U.S.-led air strikes.

The target was a checkpoint of Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) forces, another source said.

Some of the wounded people were brought to local hospitals in the Turkish town of Akcakale across Syria’s Tel Abyad, while others were taken to a hospital in southeastern province Sanliurfa.

 The YPG fighters, who have emerged as the most credible ally of the U.S.-led campaign on the ground in Syria, recently joined forces with several Arab tribes in a new U.S.-backed coalition called the Democratic Forces of Syria.

They seized over a week ago several Islamic State-held villages in Hasaka province, the most important of which was al Houl, in a push further south into Islamic State-controlled territory.

Separately, the Syrian army which has also been fighting Islamic State across northern Syria said on Sunday it had taken control of a series of heights known as the Hayel in the southern part of the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria.