Terrorism

Car bomb in north Syria kills 14, most civilians: monitor

By AFP

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A picture shows an aerial view of the town of al-Bab in an opposition-held area in the north of Aleppo province on July 16th. [Aref Tammawi/AFP]

A car bomb on Tuesday (October 6th) killed 14 people, mostly civilians, in the Turkish-controlled town of al-Bab in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The explosion near a bus station in the town also wounded at least 40 people, some of them seriously, the Observatory said.

Turkey and its Syrian proxies control several pockets of territory on Syria's side of the border following three military incursions since 2016.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the car bombing, but there has been a string of attacks in al-Bab since its capture by Turkish troops from the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) in 2017.

The town, 40 kilometres north-east of Syria's second city Aleppo, was one of the extremist group's westernmost strongholds.

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