Car bombing kills 19 people in Syria’s Azaz

The bombing comes one day after a similar explosion killed 10 people and wounded 20 in the northeastern city of Raqqa. (File photo: AFP)

A suicide car bomb in a northwestern Syrian city held by Turkey-backed armed groups killed at least 19 people on Sunday, a war monitor said.

Four children were among those killed in the explosion in Azaz, a city at the heart of a Turkish zone of influence in northern Aleppo province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The attack also wounded more than 20 people, according to the Britain-based monitor.

“Many people were leaving evening prayers when the explosion happened,” Observatory head Rami Abdul Rahman told AFP.

It was not clear who was behind the attack.

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The bombing comes one day after a similar explosion killed 10 people and wounded 20 in the northeastern city of Raqqa.

Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield in 2016 and seized more than 2,000 square km in northern Syria including Azaz, clearing the area of ISIS fighters, while preventing any Kurdish advance in the region.

Ankara keeps Turkish troops and intelligence forces in the area, and still backs the local police forces.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:55 - GMT 06:55
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