At least four people have been killed in the Kurdish city of Qamishli in northern Syria following a suicide car bombing attack.
According to Syrian state television, "A suicide terrorist using a car laden with explosives attacked the western district of Qamishli." However, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that in fact, "At least eight members of the security forces were killed, and 15 were injured." (State France 24 and the Herald Sun in their respective reports).
This bombing represents the first time that the Kurdish city of Qamishli has seen such violence. Mr. Abdel Rahman (the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights) points out that Qamishli "is the only city with a Kurdish majority that still has a solid security presence."
The Syrian military pulled out of the country's northern Kurdish territories since there are virtually no elements of the Free Syrian Army in those areas. For more on the status of Syria's Kurdish regions and the outlooks and stances of their inhabitants see Digital Journals report on the subject.