Damascus: The ISIL terrorist group had planted hundreds of bombs in the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) ready for explosion, informed sources disclosed.
“At least 3,000 explosive devices were installed in Palmyra city,” the Arabic-language media outlets quoted an unnamed informed source as saying.
According to Fars News Agency, the source said that the ISIL created an almost invisible interconnected network, partially hidden under hard paved roads, which could blow up the entire city.
“One of the two independent triggers was manual and can be activated by an ISIL agent. The second one was automatic and was connected to the urban grid to set off series of explosions as soon as the electricity supply returns,” the source added.
He noted that the Syrian security forces were able to Palmyra, and said, “The army also sent out special interference signals to prevent the ISIL terrorists from setting off the chain reaction.
In a relevant development on Friday, the Syrian army discovered a weapons depot left behind by the ISIL terrorists in Palmyra (Tadmur) in Homs province before they fled the ancient city last week.
The discovered weapons deport contained a large number of rockets and mortar shells were uncovered by the Syrian armed forces inside this weapons depot. The discovery came as the Russian and Syrian demining experts have started clearing the bombs and mines laid by the ISIL terrorists before fleeing Palmyra.
Palmyra, which was under the ISIL control, is an important center for the army’s future military operations to win back strategic regions, especially in Deir Ezzur and Raqqa provinces.