ISIS has claimed responsibility for the recent attack on a bus carrying Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers in the eastern Homs countryside.
In an official statement released by the Amaq news agency, the terrorist group said its fighters targeted the bus with an improvised explosive device (IEDs) and machine guns as it was passing on Hamimah’s road to, east of the T3 pumping station.
“As a result [of the ambush], ten soldiers, including six officers, were killed and fifteen others were injured,” that statement, that was released on May 1, reads.
Pro-government sources dismissed ISIS’ claims, reporting that only six soldiers were killed in the ambush. The sources identified the causalities as:
- Pte. Imad Refaat al-Saleem;
- Pte. Hassan Abdel Karim Ibrahim;
- Pte. Muhammad Abdul Karim al-Ahmad;
- Pte. Abdul Rahman Abdul Hamid Odeh;
- Pte. Hassan Ali Mustafa;
- Pte. Sharaf Khalid al-Amer.
In the last few months, ISIS remnants in the Homs desert stepped up their attacks. In response, the army and its allies launched a large-scale security operation in the region.
ISIS terrorists managed to launch several attacks, in spite of the ongoing operation. This shows that the situation in the Homs desert is more dangerous than what’s thought. The SAA and its allies will have to contribute more efforts and time to fully eliminate the remaining terrorists there.