Damascus, May 13: At least 28 Syrian soldiers and 20 militants were killed on Wednesday when the Islamic State (ISIS) militants attacked on government-held areas in central Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
The fighting occurred around the town of al-Sukhna, some 220 km (140 miles), east of the city of Homs, news agency Reuters reported.
A Syrian military source earlier confirmed the attack, saying it had been repelled in some places while fighting continued in others.
Islamic State (ISIS) militants vowed revenge after their leader and militant outfit chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reportedly injured in an air strike. Baghdadi has reportedly been suffered spinal injuries in an attack from the US-led coalition while travelling in a three-car convoy in March in Iraq.
Baghdadi, 43, was the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq before founding the Islamic State in Iraq in 2010, while he was declared head of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in 2013. In June last year, the Islamic State declared itself a caliphate, with Baghdadi declared as its ‘Caliph' or ruler.