Deaths reported after suicide bombing in Syria’s Hama

The Syrian city of Hama has been under tight control of President Bashar al-Assad's forces. (File photo: AFP)

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.

(With AFP)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:41 - GMT 06:41