On November 14, Syrian security forces dismantled several heavy improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which had been planted near a railway in the southern part of the coastal city of Lattakia, according to several Syrian pro-government sources.
“Security forces’ engineer units closed the southern corniche road near the railway after finding IEDs packed with high explosives,” a local news Facebook page said.
According to local sources, the Syrian intelligence received detailed information about the terrorists who had planted the IEDs and it is now pursuing them inside Lattakia.
If the IEDs exploded, dozens of people would have been killed and injured because the southern corniche road is one of the busiest areas in Lattakia. Most of the people who live there are college students.
The Syrian authorities have not accused any group of planning the failed attack yet. However, local observers believe that the IEDs were planted by cells of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria, which controls a large part of the nearby governorate of Idlib.