42 killed in Syria explosion

Damascus, Feb 24 (IANS) At least 42 people were killed in a car bombing in a Syrian village on Friday, a British war monitor said on Friday.

Dozens were wounded in the bombing in Sousian, located north of the Syrian town of al-Bab. The blast hit a security checkpoint controlled by rebels fighting under the Free Syrian Army (FSA) banner, Efe news reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) warned that the death toll could increase in the next few hours because of the number of people seriously wounded in the attack.

The war monitor also noted that among the dead are rebel fighters from Operation Euphrates Shield, who with the support of Turkish forces, took control on Thursday of al-Bab, a stronghold of the Islamic State (IS) terror group in Aleppo.

Over 100 people have been killed since the start of the operation, according to SOHR.

–IANS

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