ISIS has attempted a suicide attack in al-Hol camp in Syria

One of the vehicles exploded early 12 kilometers northeast of the camp, prompting nearby US forces, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), to alert CENTCOM spokesman Col. Joe Buccino.

When the SDF arrived on the scene, two men got out of the second vehicle. One man detonated a suicide vest, Buccino said, while the second was shot dead by SDF forces. Another ISIS militant is in SDF custody.

The second vehicle was rigged with approximately 110 pounds of explosives, Buccino said. A total of four ISIS militants were killed in the battle, including the first vehicle that exploded earlier.

“The response of our joint forces highlights not only their dedication to their people, but also their determination and commitment to the lasting defeat of ISIS,” Buccino said.

Earlier this month, General Erik Kurilla was the first commander of US Central Command to visit the Al-Hol camp and was the most senior US official to ever speak to the camp’s residents, Buccino said.

The camp has seen sporadic violence in the past, and Kurilla’s visit has become a strong statement of US support for the SDF, which is fighting to control the area. He spoke to the residents of the Kurilla camp and offered his condolences to the SDF, which recently lost two troops in operations there.

“With approximately 80 births per month in the camp, this place is literally a breeding ground for the next generation of ISIS. Approximately 70 percent of the population is under the age of 12. These young people are vulnerable to radicalization given their poor quality of life,” Kurilla said after his visit. in a note made

In recent weeks, the SDF has conducted security operations at the camp, according to CENTCOM. This has resulted in “the arrest of dozens of ISIS operatives and the dismantling of a major ISIS facilitation network both within the camp and across Syria,” according to Buccino.

Kurilla highlighted his concerns about al-Hol during Senate confirmation hearings in February, calling for a broad government repatriation of some of the 60,000 people living in the site to support the Syrian Democratic Forces. “My concern is the indoctrination that’s going on there,” he told the Senate Armed Services Committee.