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Terrorist attacks in northeast Syria kill nearly 100 - UN

March 21, 2015, 7:54 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
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UNITED NATIONS, March 21. /TASS/. Up to 100 people have been killed and injured in two explosions in the city of Al Hasakah in north-eastern Syria, the UN press service said on a statement on Friday.

The terrorist attacks were presumably staged by the Islamic State (IS) group. According to the UN statement, the attacks took place on March 20 during the celebration of Nowruz - the Muslim New Year.

The first reports indicated that as a result of two explosions up to 100 people, including women and children, have been killed and injured. These horrific attacks have taken place during the holiday during which the Kurdish communities gather together, sharing the hopes associated with the New Year, the statement says.

According to the UN press service, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attacks, as well as took note of reports indicating the involvement of IS in them. The sordid aims of this terrorist organisation include efforts to incite sectarian and ethnic strife among various Syrian communities. This cannot be allowed, the UN Secretary-General’s secretariat said.

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