At least 78 people have been killed in a series of bomb attacks in two government strongholds on Syria’s Mediterranean coast, state media say.
A suicide bomber and a car bomb blew up within minutes of each other at a bus station in the port city of Tartous.
A bus station and a hospital were also among the targets of four bombings in Jableh, a town to the north.
A news agency linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) said the jihadist group was behind the attacks.
Amaq cited an IS source as saying militants had targeted “gatherings of Alawites”, a reference to the heterodox Shia sect to which President Bashar al-Assad belongs.
Russia – a key backer of Mr Assad – has a naval base in Tartous and an airbase near Jableh, from where it has conducted air strikes on IS targets across Syria.


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