Suicide attack on Syria wedding kills 22
The SDF groom and his bride are safe. The Syrian Democratic Forces, an Arab-Kurdish coalition, are battling Islamic State in northern Syria. In photo: SDF members in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane on June 24, 2016. Photograph: (AFP)
At least 22 people were killed on Monday when a suicide attacker blew himself at an SDF member's wedding in the northeastern province of Hasakeh, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP, " A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a hall in Tall Tawil village during the wedding of a member of the Syrian Democratic Forces, killing at least 22 civilians."
However, a hospital source said there were "more than 20 dead and dozens wounded" in the suicide attack.
A relative of the groom told AFP the bride and groom were safe. The Syrian monitor and local Kurdish officials had earlier said the groom had been killed.
The Syrian Democratic Forces, an Arab-kurdish coalition, are fighting Islamic State militants in northern Syria.
A wedding guest, Ahmad, told AFP, "As the bride and groom were exchanging their vows I saw a man wearing a thick black jacket pass beside me."
"I thought he looked strange and a few seconds later there was an enormous explosion," he said.
"People had fallen on the ground and I saw bodies torn to bits, " he added. Ahmad's head was wounded in the blast.
Islamic State issued a statement saying one of its fighters attacked a "large gathering" of Kurdish fighters, killing 40 north of Hasakeh. The statement did not mention a wedding.
(WION with inputs from AFP)