Eleven killed, dozens wounded in blast in northwest Syria

Smoke and explosions from the fighting between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and opposition fighters, in the Quneitra area. (File photo: AP)

At least 11 people were killed and dozens more were wounded on Tuesday in an explosion in the northwest Syrian town of al-Bab, which is under the control of Turkey-backed opposition factions, hospital sources told Reuters.

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A witness said the blast occurred when a large truck bomb went off in a crowded area in the town. Videos and images circulated by activists on social media showed large plumes of smoke rising from the blast site, along with several fires and damaged buildings.

The videos and images circulated by activists showed several wounded people being carried away from the blast site, while firefighters tried to put out the fires.

A nurse in a local hospital told Reuters that 11 people had been killed. A doctor at a local hospital said at least 14 people were killed and 40 more were wounded.

Several buildings were damaged in the blast and collapsed onto onlookers, two witnesses told Reuters. People were being pulled out of the rubble, they said.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 06 October 2020 KSA 15:52 - GMT 12:52
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