Beirut: A series of Islamic State group attacks in Syria on Wednesday killed more than 150 people, in one of the deadliest assaults ever by the jihadists.
Here is a recap of the most fatal jihadist attacks to hit Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011.
– December 23: Suicide bombers blow up two vehicles at security premises in Damascus, killing 44 people, including civilians in the first major attack since the start of the uprising.
– 2012 –
– May 10: Fifty-five people are killed and more than 370 wounded when two blasts hit a Damascus highway during morning rush hour.
– November 28: A double car-bombing in Jaramana near Damascus kills 54 and wounds 120.
– 2013 –
– February 21: At least 83 people are killed when four attacks rip through Damascus, including a car bomb that explodes near ruling Baath party offices.
– March 21: A suicide bomber inside the Iman Mosque in Damascus kills at least 49 people, including a prominent pro-regime Sunni cleric.
– 2014 –
– February 14: At least 47 people die when a car bomb explodes in a rebel-held village in the southern Daraa province.
– April 29: At least 100 people, mostly civilians, are killed by twin attacks in Homs targeting a majority Alawite neighbourhood. Assad is an Alawite, a branch of Shiite Islam. The attacks are claimed by the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate.
– October 1: Twin attacks outside a school in Homs kills 55 people including 49 children.
– 2016 –
– February 21: Twin attacks strike a majority Alawite district of Homs, killing 64 people. Hours later an attack near a Shiite shrine south of Damascus kills 134 people.
– May 23: More than 170 people, mostly civilians, are killed by seven near-simultaneous bombings in the predominantly Alawite coastal cities of Jableh and Tartus.
– September 5: A series of blasts in government-controlled areas kill at least 48 people. The deadliest attack in which at least 35 people are killed is a double bombing in Tartus.
– 2017 –
– February 24: Attacks near Al-Bab in the north kill 83 people including 45 civilians. The attacks come shortly after rebels seize the town from the jihadists.
– February 25: A suicide assault on two security services in Homs kills between 30 and 42 people. The bombing is claimed by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front.
– March 11: A twin attack in Damascus claimed by Fateh al-Sham Front kills 74 people including 43 Shiite Iraqi pilgrims.
– April 15: A suicide attack during an evacuation operation from besieged zones kills 150 people including 72 children, many from the towns of Fuaa and Kafraya.
– November 5: A car bomb attack in the northeastern Deir Ezzor province kills 75 civilians.
– 2018 –
– July 25: A string of suicide blasts and raids claimed by IS kill more than 150 people in the southern province of Sweida.