A suicide bomber blew up a truck loaded with explosives at an army checkpoint in the government-held city of Hama in Syria on Sunday killing at least 31 people.
“At least 31 people, including regime troops, were killed when a man detonated a truck laden with explosives at a checkpoint near an agricultural vehicles company on the road linking Hama to Salamiyeh,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, according to Agence France-Presse.
The pro-opposition group said the death toll was likely to rise, as “there are dozens of wounded, some of them in critical condition”.
The Britain-based NGO had earlier reported that the blast targeted a checkpoint controlled by regime troops near an agriculture vehicle company.
Hama has been under a tight grip of government forces since the city saw the largest demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule in 2011.