Update: ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
A bus carrying soldiers and officers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was struck by an improvised-explosive device (IED) while it was passing on a road between the towns of Sakaka and al-Darah in western al-Suwayda.
Local sources said that “several” Syrian service members were killed or injured as a result of the IED’s blast. The army hasn’t confirmed or denied this, so far.
The western al-Suwayda countryside has been calm since 2015, when the SAA and local forces repelled a large-scale attack by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on the al-Thaala Air Base. Back then, Skaka and al-Darah witnessed intense clashes.
There was no immediate claim for the attack. However, ISIS cells are known to be active in the nearby eastern Daraa countryside.
In the last few months, similar attacks targeted Syrian and Russian troops in the country’s southern region. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SHOR) claimed in a recent report that Syrian rebel commanders are planning to launch attacks in the region with direct support from the U.S.