Late on January 14, ISIS cells ambushed a reconnaissance unit of the Syrian National Defence Forces (NDF) in Homs’ eastern countryside.
The unit was reportedly on a reconnaissance mission around the town of al-Sukhnah when it came under attack by ISIS cells. The terrorists targeted the unit’s vehicle with two improvised explosive devices.
According to the North Press Agency, three fighters of the NDF were killed in the ambush. A fourth fighter was severely injured.
“Contact was lost with the [NDF] patrol,” a Syrian military source told the agency. “Following a search operation it was found, targeted with explosive devices, the dead and the wounded were taken to Palmyra’s Military Hospital.”
Large reinforcements were deployed around al-Sukhnah following the attack. A number of new checkpoints were also established in the town’s outskirts.
ISIS cells, which are taking shelter in the Homs desert, attack Syrian troops in eastern Homs on a regular basis. The terrorists are also carrying out attacks in the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle and in western Deir Ezzor.
Syrian government forces have so far failed to contain the terrorist group’s threat in the central region. Earlier this month, the terrorists launched a daring attack in eastern Hama. Government forces are yet to take strict measures to prevent further attacks.
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