Syria: Car bomber kills 45 in al-Bab

    Syria: Car bomber kills 45 in al-Bab

    Feb.24, Aleppo: At least 45 people have been killed in a car bomb in a village near al-Bab struck Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The bomb also wounded dozens more, medical sources said.

    According to state media, the suicide bomber targeted a checkpoint manned by Free Syrian Army rebels that was crowded with civilians early Friday in the village of Sousian, northwest of al-Bab.

    Turkey-backed rebels on Thursday drove ISIL from al-Bab, the group's last significant stronghold in northwest Syria, along with two smaller neighbouring towns of Qabasin and al-Bezah after weeks of street fighting.

    The medical charity Ambulanciers Sans Frontieres said 45 people, mostly civilians, had been killed and about 70 others were wounded. The car bomb hit outside a security office where civilians had gathered seeking permission to return to al-Bab.

    A rebel fighter with the Sultan Murad Brigade near al-Bab told Reuters news agency: "It was done on a checkpoint but there were a lot of families there gathered and waiting to get back to al-Bab. Therefore, we have many civilian casualties."

    ISIL said in a social media posting that it was behind the attack.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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