March 20 (UPI) — Suspected Islamic State militants involved in a suicide bomb attack that killed four Americans in mid-January have been captured, authorities said.
SDF press office chief Mustafa Bali said Tuesday the unknown number of suspects were being investigated.
The service members were at a busy restaurant in Manbij, Syria, near the border of Turkey, conducting “a local engagement,” when the attack occurred, U.S Central Command had said in a press release.
Two SDF personnel and eight civilians were also killed in the blast.
Bali said that SDF forces had captured IS’s camp in Baghouz, the terrorist organization’s last enclave in Syria.
The announcement follows weeks of fighting in Baghouz that has seen the final IS encampment continuously shrink due to SDF advancements.
SDF launched a new campaign March 10 after having eased advancement to allow for civilians to evacuate the area.
Bali has yet to claim victory as small skirmishes continue.
“SDF is in control of Daesh encampment area in Baghouz. This is not a victory announcement, but a significant progress in the fight against Daesh [IS’s Arabic acronym]. Clashes are continuing as a group of ISIS terrorists who are confined into a tiny area still fight back.”
Hundreds of injured and sick suspected IS militants were captured during the SDF’s push for control of the encampment, he said.
He also said that 157 experienced terrorists of foreign nationalities were also captured Tuesday by SDF special forces in Bagos, Syria.