At least 50 people were killed and 78 wounded in a series of attacks on government-held parts of southwestern Syria on Wednesday. This included several suicide blasts in Sweida city, Reuters reported, citing local media reports.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least 100 people were killed. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

State news agency SANA said that the police hunted down two militants wearing explosive belts in Sweida and killed them before they could blow themselves up. Later, the police and locals killed another Islamic State militant in al-Maslakh area of the city.

Sweida Governor Amer al-Ashshi said life in the city was returning to normal after the attacks. He said hospitals have increased their level of readiness to treat the wounded.

Islamic State militants also targeted the villages of al-Matouneh, Douma, Tima, al-Shabaki, and Rami in the northeast, SANA news agency said. But Syrian Army units loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed many militants. It is not known if there were any Army or civilian casualties.