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Sunday 21 January 2018

22 killed in Syria car bomb blast

Buildings damaged during battles between Syrian troops and rebels in Mleiha (AP)
Buildings damaged during battles between Syrian troops and rebels in Mleiha (AP)

At least 22 people were killed when a car bomb exploded outside a mosque in an opposition-held town in southern Syria today, activists said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the blast happened around the time of Friday prayers in the town of Namar in Daraa province.

It said at least two children and several rebels were among those killed, while at least 30 other people were injured.

Observatory director Rami Abdurrahman said it was not clear who was behind the bombing. The monitoring group relies on a network of activists inside Syria.

In northern Syria, fighters from the Islamic State group seized control of the village of Beden in Aleppo province today, the Observatory reported.

The capture of Beden comes two days after the extremist group captured two towns and several villages near Syria's border with Turkey. The group has overrun much of northern and western Iraq as well, and has declared the establishment of a self-styled Islamic state.

The Islamic State group's advances in Aleppo province have squeezed Syria's mainstream rebel factions, who are fighting both the extremist group as well as forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Press Association

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