Sunday 20 October 2019
News ID: 67992
Publish Date: 12 July 2019 - 21:48
BEIRUT (Dispatches) – A car bomb has killed 11 people and wounded many others in the Syrian city of Afrin, which Turkey-backed militants captured from Kurdish militants last year, medical sources and a monitor said.
The blast struck an entrance to the city, killing civilians including children, the UK-based so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitoring group said.
The Observatory and the medical sources said many other people had been injured in the explosion, some very badly.
Afrin lies north of Aleppo near the border with Turkey. It was held by the Kurdish YPG militia until last year when militants seized it and the countryside around it in a Turkey-backed offensive.
Later in the afternoon, a car bomb exploded in front of a church in the northeast city of Qamishli, which the YPG controls, injuring 8 people, local security forces said.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the Qamishli blast.
While major fighting has died down for now, there is still much insecurity in many parts of Syria, with bombings and other attacks targeting civilians in areas controlled by all sides in the conflict.
In June, a car bomb in Azaz, a town near Afrin also controlled by Turkey-backed militants, killed at least 10 people when it struck in a busy marketplace on a Ramadan night.

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