Three suicide bombers detonated their explosives belts in a hotel in a predominantly Kurdish town in northeastern Syria on Tuesday, killing three people, the state-run news agency said.

The hotel in the center of Qamishli has functioned as a municipality building, according to a Kurdish official in the town, Joan Mohammed.

The area has been the scene of heavy battles recently between Kurdish gunmen and members of the al-Qaida breakaway group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.