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Terror attack kills 9 in Afrin, northwestern Syria

Local | 2020-09-14 22:28:00
Terror attack kills 9 in Afrin, northwestern Syria
At least nine people were killed and 43 injured in a terror blast in northwestern Syria on Monday, according to the governor's office of Turkey’s southern Hatay province.

An explosives-laden small truck went off in the opposition-held city of Afrin, Anadolu Agency earlier learned from sources on the ground.

Investigation of the attack and identifying the people involved continue, said a governor’s office statement.

Turkey’s military backed by Syrian opposition forces seized Afrin, a mainly Kurdish district, from the YPG in March 2018 in a major offensive.

In April, 48 civilians were killed, including 11 children, when a bomb detonated in Afrin.

The blast was one of the deadliest to hit a region under the control of Turkish-backed forces. Ankara frequently blames the YPG for the attacks, while the militia says it does not target civilians, Reuters reported.

Ankara views the YPG as a terrorist group linked to Kurdish militants on its own soil and has mounted military operations in northern Syria to push it back from the border.

 The nine-year-old conflict has killed more than 490,000 people and displaced 13 million.
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