Car bomb at checkpoint in Syria's Afrin kills 13

A car bomb that exploded near a checkpoint manned by Turkey-backed opposition fighters in the northern Syrian city of Afrin on Thursday (July 11th) killed 13 people, including eight civilians, AFP reported.

"The car bomb exploded near the checkpoint at the entrance to the town where vehicles were gathering to be checked," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Those killed also included four fighters and one person whose identity could not be verified, the Observatory said.

"Among the victims, at least six are originally from Eastern Ghouta," a former opposition stronghold outside Damascus retaken by the regime last year, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

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