According to the reporters, not less than 22 people had lost their lives when the multiple bombings targeted a government run security checkpoint in the central Syrian city of Homs on Tuesday. The blasts had also injured over a hundred amid intense political jockeying ahead of UN backed peace talks scheduled to begin in Geneva Friday.
As it is just three days to go, the opposition had not yet decided about whether it would be attending the talks, throwing diplomatic efforts in to question even as the UN`s special envoy to Syria was preparing to send out invitations.
The aim of the talks is to launch a political process to put to end the conflict that began in 2011 as a largely peaceful uprising against Assad`s rule but escalated in to an all-out battle after a harsh state crackdown.
The responsibility for the attack in Homs had been immediately claimed by the Islamic State group, as per to the report by the Aamaq news agency, which is affiliated with the extremist group.
As said by ISIS in an online statement that one of its militants had driven a car which was loaded with explosives to a security checkpoint in the Zahraa neighborhood and blew himself.