Early morning of July 10, local sources in Daraa reported two loud explosions in the town of Dael in the governorate’s northern countryside.
The first explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted in the southern district of Dael. The explosion caused no losses. However, a second IED blew up when a unit of the Syrian intelligence had arrived to inspect the area.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), an officer of the Air Force Intelligence Directorate (AFID) was killed in the secondary blast. Two other officers were injured.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the IED attacks. Nevertheless, ISIS cells are known to be active in northern Daraa.
In the last few months, several officers of the AFID and other Syrian intelligence agencies were killed in the northern and eastern regions of Daraa governorate. ISIS claimed responsibility for some of the attacks.
The recent attacks against government forces and local fighters in Daraa and al-Quneitra are intendent to disrupt security in Syria’s southern region. Decisive action has yet to be taken to address this growing threat.