Firefighters spray water after car bomb blasts in the city of Qamishli on Monday [Baderkhan Ahmad/AP]

Three car bombs, exploding nearly simultaneously in the largely Kurdish city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria, killed at least six people as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) armed group said it shot dead a priest and his father. 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday’s blasts, in which two car bombs exploded in a commercial district of the city, and a third detonated near a hotel, according to Syria’s state news agency SANA.

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The Kurdish news agency Hawar said the explosions killed six people and wounded 21, and the United Kingdom-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights gave a similar casualty

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