Car blast kills 7, wounds dozens near Syria-Turkey border post

About seven people were killed and majority wounded on Sunday when a car bomb exploded in northern Syria near a Turkish border crossing, a war monitor said this.

“A car bomb exploded at a roundabout leading to the entrance of the Bab al-Salam border post,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

“Seven people were killed, including five civilians, and more than 60 wounded, including women and children”.

Witness blamed the Islamic State group for Sunday’s attack, saying it was possibly in retaliation for a surge in operations by Turkish and Turkish-backed forces against IS cells in the region.

The Turkish official news agency Anadolu said that a car bomb in the Azaz area, near Bab al-Salam, had killed five people and wounded 85. It accused the Kurdish YPG militia of being responsible.

The Syrian conflict has killed more than 380,000 people since 2011 and forced more than half of the country’s pre-war population from their homes.

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