On June 20, a large explosion targeted a bus carrying dozens of Syrian Arab Army soldiers in the eastern Daraa countryside.
A heavy improvised explosive device struck the bus as it was moving on the road between the towns of Kiheel and Busra al-Sham. The large explosion teared the bus apart, injuring or killing everyone aboard.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that nine service members were killed and 19 others were injured in the explosion. However, local sources place the death toll at 15.
The casualties were serving in the 8th Brigade of the Russian-backed 5th Corps. All of them were former rebels who joined the reconciliation process in mid-2018. The soldiers were reportedly on their way back from a military camp in northern Lattakia.
Last month, the 8th Brigade launched a security operation against ISIS-affiliated individuals in the northwestern Daraa countryside. Several suspects were apprehended.
There was no immediate claim for the bus attack. However, ISIS remains the main suspect. The terrorist group’s cells are known to be highly-active in eastern Daraa.