On April 13, simultaneous explosions rocked two different checkpoints of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the town of Ghadir al-Bustan in the southern countryside of al-Qunitra.
Ghadir al-Bustan is located less than four kilometers to the east from the main frontline with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
Initially, Syrian opposition activists alleged that the explosions were the result of a strike by the Israeli Defense Forces. However, it was confirmed later that the explosions were caused by improvised explosive devices which were planted near the two checkpoints.
The explosions claimed the life of an SAA officer, Captain Rabih Mansour, and left three soldiers wounded, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
No group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, yet. ISIS, whose cells are active in al-Quneitra and neighboring Daraa, may have been behind the explosions.
Last week, an officer of the Syrian Police was killed in a drive-by shooting attack near the town of Qarfa in the northern Daraa countryside. ISIS confirmed its responsibility for the attack via its official news agency, Amaq, marking the first time it has announced an operation in southern Syria in around eight months.
The southern region remains unstable, mainly due to the activities of terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham.