UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned "heinous" attacks that killed and injured dozens at Kurdish New Year celebrations in northeastern Syria
UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned "heinous" attacks that killed and injured dozens at Kurdish New Year celebrations in northeastern Syria.
A suicide bomber killed more than 33 people gathered for new year celebrations in the province of Hasakeh, while dozens more were wounded in another blast at a separate feast.
"Initial reports suggest that two separate bombings killed and injured up to 100 persons, including women and children," the UN secretary general said in a statement following the attacks. "These heinous attacks took place during a holiday that is customarily a time for Kurdish communities to come together to share their hopes for the new year."
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the suicide bomber could have been a member of the ISIL terrorist group.
Ban said he "takes note" of the allegations that ISIL terrorists were behind the attack, and condemned the militant group. "The terrorist organization's despicable agenda includes efforts to incite sectarian and ethnic division among Syria's diverse communities. It must not be allowed to succeed," he said.