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Syria monitor: Over 20 killed in Idlib car bomb blast

Syria monitor: Over 20 killed in Idlib car bomb blast
From Al Jazeera - January 7, 2018

At least 23 people, including seven civilians, have been killed in a car bomb attack in Syria's northwestern city of Idlib, according to a monitoring group.

The blast on Sunday evening struck the military headquarters of the "Ajnad al-Kavkaz" armed group in the city, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

The monitor, which gathers its information from a network of sources inside Syria, added that it was not clear whether the attack was specifically targeting the group's base.

According to the SOHR, three sisters were among the civilians who were killed in the explosion.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Persisting fighting

The rebel-held province of Idlib has seen increased violence in recent weeks as forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad intensify their efforts to gain control over the region.

The SOHR estimates that over the past two weeks, the Syrian army has managed to take more than 60 villages in Idlib province.

The area - particularly the city - is predominantly under the control of a former al-Qaeda affiliated group known as Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).

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