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Deadly car bomb hits Syria border crossing with Turkey

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-05-15

A car bomb that exploded on the Syrian side of the Bab al Salama border crossing with Turkey killed at least 43 civilians and wounded dozens more, a UK-based group monitoring events in Syria said Thursday.

Women and children were among the dead, which went off in an area that is used as a car park, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Gruesome photographs posted online by activists showed shocked men standing over charred, blackened bodies, some of them missing limbs.

The Syrian side of the crossing is under the control of Islamist rebels who have been battling jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant since early January.

The area around the border crossing has been previously targeted by car bombs. In February, a blast on the Syrian side killed six people and wounded 45 others.

Other frontier crossings between Turkey and Syria have also been targeted, including the Bab al Hawa post in Idlib province in the northwest, where two suicide bombers killed 16 people in January.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

 

Date created : 2014-05-15

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