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Bomb attack on powerful Syrian Islamist rebel group kills 14 - Syrian Observatory
May 21, 2017 / 1:14 PM / 4 months ago

Bomb attack on powerful Syrian Islamist rebel group kills 14 - Syrian Observatory

BEIRUT, May 21 (Reuters) - A bomb attack killed at least 14 Syrian insurgents at a headquarters for the powerful Islamist Ahrar al-Sham group on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

Two blasts including at least one suicide attacker hit the base in a village east of Saraqeb in Idlib province, the British-based Observatory reported.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

Photos circulated on social media showed bloodied corpses and a blackened motorbike outside a small building in the village. The pictures could not immediately be verified.

Idlib is a rebel stronghold, but some insurgent factions have fought among themselves this year, including in clashes that pitted groups aligned with Ahrar al-Sham against groups that joined the al Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance.

Syrian government forces have taken advantage of rebel infighting, particularly a separate spat further south near Damascus, to recapture territory from insurgents in the six-year conflict. (Reporting by John Davison; Editing by Mark Potter)

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