The Islamic State terrorist militia Thursday claimed responsibility for an attack, which monitors said killed at least 16 people in a Kurdish-controlled city in northern Syria near the border with Turkey.

Islamic State said in an online statement, posted by supporters, that its fighters, wearing explosive belts, carried out back-to-back explosions targeting crowds of Christian fighters in the city of Qamishli in Syria's north-eastern province of al-Hassakeh.

The radical group alleged that the attacks left nearly 30 dead and 100 wounded.

However, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 16 were killed and 30 wounded in the twin attack that targeted two restaurants in the city's mostly Christian district of al-Wasta.

Earlier on the day, the Kurdish news website Rudaw reported that 17 people were killed in the attack carried out by suicide bombers. 

Qamishli, a mostly Kurdish city, has repeatedly been targeted by Islamic State militants in recent months.

On December 12, at least 26 people were killed in triple suicide car bombings in the town of Tal Tamer in al-Hassakeh.

Last week, US-led Kurdish and Arab forces recaptured a strategic dam in northern Syria from Islamic State, which US officials said denied the group an important logistics route between Aleppo province and its de facto Syrian capital of al-Raqqa.

Kurdish fighters are at the forefront of the battle against the al-Qaeda splinter group in northern Syria.

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