A car bomb explosion executed by ISIS has left a dozen dead and many wounded in the Syrian town of Kobane near the Turkish border.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIS is fighting the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) forces in the town of Kobane near the border, which started early on Thursday with the car bomb explosion.
ISIS militants were disguised as YPG and Free Syrian Army fighters as they attacked the city from three distinct locations, Al Jazeera correspondent Nisreen Al Shamayleh reported.
A number of ISIS militants blew themselves up with explosive belts as they positioned themselves in several areas in the town.
Kurdish forces regained their authority over Kobane with the help of the US-led anti-ISIS coalition as of the end of January after a siege by ISIS that lasted for four months.
Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama said on Monday that he was "confident that although it is going to take time, we are going to be successful, ISIL is going to be driven out of Iraq and ultimately it is going to defeated," referring to ISIS with its alternative acronym.
ISIS’ loss of Kobane was seen as a significant defeat considering the amount of investment ISIS put into extensive military resources to capture the town.
Hospital officials told Reuters the car bomb explosion killed 12 people and left 70 wounded.
A number of the wounded from the blast were rushed to Suruc State Hospital and other facilities in Sanliurfa, Turkey via ambulances after crossing through the Mursitpinar crossing into Turkey, according to Anadolu Agency correspondents at the scene.
Kurdish activists via Twitter accuse Turkey of permitting ISIS militants to enter Kobane through the Turkish border, Al Jazeera reported.
However, the governor's office in the Turkish province of Sanliurfa denied such accusations and emphasised that clear evidence shows that the militants had entered Kobane from the Syrian town of Jarablus, to the west of the town.
Turkey has been witnessing a massive inflow of Syrian refugees in the past few days due to the ongoing clashes between the YPG fighters and ISIS militants, most recently for the border town of Tal Abyad.