BEIRUT (Dispatches) – A car bomb has exploded in the militant-held Syrian city of Idlib, a war monitor and opposition news channel say, as air strikes hit its outskirts in a government operation on the last major opposition bastion.
The Britain-based so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a car blew up in the al-Qusoor neighborhood. The opposition-run Orient News said the blast killed one and wounded some others.
Idlib province, of which Idlib is the main city, is in northwest Syria and forms part of the last big militant stronghold in Syria.
On Friday, Syria's military officially announced the liberation of the strategic town of Khan Shaykhun south of Idlib province along with other localities previously held by terrorists in northern Hama province.
"With great resolve and complete belief in victory, our armed forces in northern Hama and southern Idlib continued with their advances and expulsion of terrorist forces in the region,” a spokesman for Syria's military high command said in a statement.
The statement confirmed that more than a dozen other towns and villages, including Morek, Latamina, Latmin, M’aerkaba, Kafar Zita, and Lahaya had been liberated and that bomb-clearance operations were currently underway in the recaptured areas.
"Military advances continue very well and the terrorists have failed to stop our brave men who are resolute in liberating all of Syria from the terrorists”, the statement added.
The anticipated capture of Khan Shaykhun, which had been occupied by foreign-backed terrorists since 2014, came after the Syrian military launched an offensive in the region earlier this month.
Syria, gripped by a foreign-backed militancy since 2011 that has killed hundreds of thousands, has managed to take back control of many territories from the Daesh and other terrorist groups. The war has displaced millions of people inside the Arab country.