A drone strike was launched today against a military academy in Homs, central Syria, as an officer promotion ceremony was taking place, according to the Syrian army, killing at least seven people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

“Terrorist organizations” targeted “an officer promotion ceremony at the Homs military academy using drones loaded with explosives immediately after the ceremony ended,” the Syrian military said. He spoke of many dead, including “soldiers and civilians” and “dozens of injuries» including officers and members of their families.

The military said it would “respond decisively” to “this cowardly, unprecedented terrorist attack”.

The Syrian Observatory said the attack killed “at least seven people and wounded more than 20”.

There has so far been no claim of responsibility for the attack.

Jihadist organizations that control parts of Syrian territory sometimes use armed drones.