The Syrian Defense Ministry said the attack occurred early in the morning on the Raqqa-Homs highway.
At least 11 soldiers and two civilians were killed when a civilian bus was attacked on a highway connecting the cities of Raqqa and Homs, the Syrian Defense Ministry said.
“Around 6:30 [03:30 GMT] This morning, a civilian bus was hit by a terrorist attack on the Raqqa-Homs highway in the al-Jira area,” the ministry said in a statement. statement Three other service members were wounded on Monday.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, War Monitor, report ISIL groups attacked a bus in the Jabal al-Bashari area of the Raqqa desert but said it was a military vehicle.
“It is believed that the death toll will rise as some people are seriously injured,” SOHR said.
So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but ISIL previously took control of the area before being forced to withdraw and continue brazen attack Since the group’s defeat on the battlefield three years ago.
The city of Raqqa is the capital of the armed group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate”.
Syrian authorities often blame armed groups for such attacks.
Syria’s 11-year conflict has divided the country into zones of control, with government forces and allied fighters holding much of the territory. ISIL latent cells have been active in eastern, northern and central Syria.
Turkey-backed opposition forces and tougher groups control a small swathe of territory in the northwest, while U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces control the northeast.
Similar attacks have occurred before – the deadliest of which was in December 2020, when a bus was attacked on the main highway in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, killing 28 people.
Backed by Russia and Iran, the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has regained much of the territory lost early in the war, which broke out in 2011 when the government brutally cracked down on pro-democracy protests.
The war has killed hundreds of thousands and created ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Analysts have long feared a comeback for the group, but it has still not been able to expand significantly and has been largely limited to cell attacks.