On June 13 afternoon, an explosion rocked the southern part of Daraa city, commonly known as Daraa al-Balad, in Syria’s southern region.
Local sources said the explosion was caused by a heavy improvised explosive device (IED), which was planted near al-Balad’s Boys School. Three men were killed in the explosion, according the sources.
The casualties were identified as Issa Mustafa al-Akrad, Iyad Ayman al-Hammadi and Nour Al-Din Ayman al-Hammadi. The men were attempting to dismantle the IED when it blew up killing them.
Isaa, Iyad and Nour were reportedly former fighters of the Free Syrian Army. In mid-2018, they joined the reconciliation process and returned to civilian life.
Two days ago, a similar IED attack targeted a civilian car in the eastern countryside of Daraa. Three people, including a woman and her daughter, were injured in the explosion.
No group has claimed responsibility for the recent attacks, yet. However, ISIS remains the main suspect. The terrorist group’s cells in Daraa became very active in the last few months. The Syrian Arab Army and local fighters are working to address this threat.