11 killed as car bombs explode in Turkish-held north Syria: monitor

11 killed as car bombs explode in Turkish-held north Syria: monitor

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Azaz, Syria: 11 people were killed after a car bomb exploded in two separate incidents in Turkish-occupied northern Syria on Sunday. According to a monitoring team, the dead included six civilians.

The first attack took place near a cultural centre in the town of Azaz and killed six civilians, including a young girl, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

An AFP reporter at the scene saw a mangled car ablaze, black smoke billowing into the sky.

A man rushed out from the explosion site, carrying a child who appeared to be wrapped in a bloody cloth.

The observatory added that in the second incident, a car bomb was aimed at a checkpoint of pro-Ankara rebels near the town of Albabu, killing five combatants.

The northern areas of Syria occupied by Turkish forces and their Syrian agents are often hit by such bombings.

There is usually no claim for them, although Turkey routinely blames Kurdish fighters it accuses of being “terrorists” linked to its outlawed Kurdistan Workers´ Party (PKK).

On Saturday, explosives planted in another vehicle took the lives of eight civilians including four children in the city of Afrin, which Turkish forces and their proxies seized from Kurdish forces in 2018.

Syria´s war has killed more than 387,000 people and displaced millions since starting in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

It has since evolved into a complex conflict involving jihadists and foreign powers.

Northern neighbour Turkey has seized control of several regions inside Syria in military campaigns against the Islamic State group and Kurdish fighters since 2016.

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