Isis has claimed a series of bomb attacks across regime strongholds in Syria, with at least 120 people killed according to local monitoring groups.

A busy bus station and a hospital were among the targets in a rare series of mass-casualty blasts targeting civilians in coastal areas.

The attacks included at least five suicide bombings and two car bombs, and hit the Mediterranean cities of Tartous and Jableh firmly within territory loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

State media confirmed the attacks had taken place, and the Isis-linked Amaq news agency said the militant group was responsible for carrying out the bombings.

Attacks of this size are rare in parts of the country which are under regime control.

State media has confirmed the attacks but gave a lower death toll of 78.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said they were the first assaults of their kind on the coastal cities.

Source: Syria: Isis attacks kill more than 120 people in Assad’s coastal heartlands | Middle East | News | The Independent