Witnesses from Manbij recollected the moment of Wednesday’s suicide blast in Manbij, speaking on Thursday, which killed at least four US soldiers.
“I heard a sound at the beginning, I thought it was a gas canister [blast] then it turned out it was someone who did a suicide attack. We went to have a look, but police came and pushed us back. This is what happened. No one knows how many have died, God only knows,” said Abu Ahmed.
“We went to have a look and we saw civilians’ corpses, and corpses of innocents. Security members came – thanks for them – established a cordon, and started conveying the wounded. God shall suffice us. May martyrs rest in peace,” added Abu Mahmoud.
“I am sorry for the people and civilians who died, what wrong did they do? We took a couple of people to the hospital, this lad here – his name is Yaser – died, the other one we took to the hospital had an injury which was not serious. Facial features of some people were totally distorted,” added another witness.
The so-called Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIL/ISIS) claimed responsibility for the suicide blast which killed at least four US soldiers.
The US service members were reportedly killed in the explosion while conducting a routine patrol, according to a tweet from the US-led coalition ‘Operation Inherent Resolve.’
The attack comes after US President Donald Trump announced last month that around 2,000 US troops are to be withdrawn from Syria.
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