Syrian media: Suicide bombing kills 27 in southern province

The attack coincides with a government offensive in southern Syria

File - In this July 19, 2018, file photo, a Syrian army soldier holds his AK-47 rifle with stickers showing President Bashar Assad and Arabic that reads, "Heroes of Assad's Syria," as he stands guard at a check point at the Hamadiyah market, named after the 34th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire Abdul Hamid II, in the Old City of Damascus, Syria. His face is everywhere. Buoyed by successive military advances in the past year and having completely secured his seat of power and surrounding suburbs for the first time in years, President Bashar Assad's government is openly boasting about its victories with posters and billboards placed on every public square, market and street corner. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Syrian state media say 27 people have been killed in a suicide attack in the country's south, blaming the bombing on ISIS militants.

The state SANA news agency says the attack, on Wednesday morning, happened in the province of Sweida.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says a series of what appeared to be suicide blasts in the southern province killed 32 people, including the attackers. The different tolls could not immediately be reconciled.

The rare attacks in Sweida coincide with a government offensive in southern Syria, where troops are fighting an ISIS-affiliated group near the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights area and other areas in the south.

Government forces have previously retaken territories controlled by the rebels in the border area and are now fighting militants there.

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