Car bombing kills more than a dozen in Syria's al-Bab

The town controlled by Turkish-backed Syrian rebel forces continues to experience violence.

al-monitor The aftermath of the explosion in Al-Bab, Syria, Oct. 6, 2020. Photo by TWITTER/NPA.

Oct 6, 2020

A car bomb left several dead in the Turkish-controlled city of al-Bab in Syria Tuesday.

A total of 19 people were confirmed dead, the pro-rebel rescue group the White Helmets reported. “The number is expected to increase due to the seriousness of the injuries and the ongoing search and rescue,” the group also known as the Syrian Civil Defense said in a tweet. The group said 75 were wounded.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the explosion took place in the city center near a mosque.

Turkish-backed groups within the Free Syrian Army took control of the northern city of al-Bab from the Islamic State in 2016. These rebel forces are still in control of the city.

Such violence is not new in al-Bab. Late last year, locals protested against the deteriorating security situation in the city.

Other parts of Turkish-controlled northern Syria face similar security challenges. In April, a truck bombing left more than 50 dead in Afrin. Turkey accused Kurdish groups of carrying out the attack, which they denied.

Turkey attacked territory controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeast Syria in October 2019. The two are still in a state of conflict. Turkey regularly blames attacks in the area on the Kurdish group the People’s Protection Units, which leads the SDF.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the al-Bab bombing. 

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