Syrian army secures Islamic State-held town in Homs province

The Syrian army said it fully captured the city of Sukhneh on Saturday, the last Islamic State (IS) stronghold in Syria’s central province of Homs, state news agency SANA reported.

The army finished combing the city and dismantling explosive devices left by the IS militants, said the report, adding that tens of the extremists were killed and many of their weaponry had been destroyed.

The official declaration comes a week after the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the IS militants withdrew from Sukhneh, which located in eastern countryside of Homs, toward the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, which will be the next target of the Syrian army.