Syrian pro-govt members hold a position in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, Syria. File photo/ AFP
Attacks by Daesh fighters deep in the Syrian Desert killed 27 Damascus troops and allied fighters over the past 48 hours, a monitoring group said on Saturday.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead included four senior Syrian army officers.
The Amaq propaganda arm of Daesh, which lost the last vestige of its “caliphate” to Kurdish-led forces in eastern Syria last month but retains desert and mountain hideouts in both Syria and Iraq, said its fighters carried out the operation.
The blast also killed four civilians and wounded three members of the Kurdish-led internal security forces known as the Asayish, the source said.
The elusive chief of the Daesh group Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi has purportedly appeared for the first time in five years in a propaganda video released on Monday by the extremist organisation.
Three of the men have been convicted of Daesh membership and sentenced to death by Iraqi courts, while five have been given life sentences. Four of them told Reuters they were tortured in prison, a claim Reuters was unable to verify.
The four suspects were under the influence of alcohol when they assaulted the victim with iron rods that caused fatal injuries.
Twitterati started the trend #JusticeForMadiha with every tweet expressing sorrow and condemnation over the barbaric act.
The latest case is a 37 years old Chinese who was diagnosed during a routine check-up which was conducted as per the World Health Organisation standards.