On April 8, at least six civilians were killed by a landmine in Syria’s central region, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency.
According to the state-run news agency, an anti-tank landmine planted by ISIS terrorists hit a vehicle carrying a number of people who were heading to collect truffles in the al-Amor mount near the town of al-Sukhna in the eastern Homs countryside.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that another civilian was killed in a separate landmine blast while hunting for truffles near the ancient town of Palmyra, which is located to the east of al-Sukhna.
The London-based monitoring group also said that ISIS terrorists killed two Syrian soldiers in a surprise attack in al-Sukhnah outskirts.
ISIS cells in central Syria stepped up their attacks recently. According to a report by the SOHR, at least 30 government fighters and 154 civilians were killed by the terrorists in the last two months. Most of the civilian victims were hunting for truffles.
Syrian government forces and their allies have been making efforts to counter ISIS. Earlier this week, the Palestinian al-Quds Brigade mourned seven of its fighters who were taking part in a combing operation in the eastern countryside of Homs. The faction cleared many areas and destroyed several hideouts of the terrorist group’s cells in the course of the operation.
While ISIS insurgency in the central region will not likely end in the near future, repeated operations and airstrikes could limit the threat posed by the terrorist group.