At least 70 dead in Syria
A suicide car bombing attack struck Sunday for the first time in 18 months of the conflict a Kurdish city, Qamishli in the northeast of the country. The attack killed at least four people and injured several, according to the Syrian state television, which did not specify the target of the attack. The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Rami Abdel Rahman, reported that at least eight people died and over 15 injured. The local coordination committees (LCC), a group of anti-regime activists, reported a "huge explosion" and fire "in a security complex in Qamishli, a town located 680 km north- of Damascus is in the province of Hasakah. The town is inhabited mostly by Kurds who have prudently stayed out of the revolt against Damascus, seeking especially to keep their area free from violence. According to Abdel Rahman, the army has withdrawn several months ago from Kurdish areas in the north and the building where the attack took place is the headquarters of the security apparatus for the entire Kurdish area. The Free Syrian Army (FSA), the main component of the armed opposition, is not present in this region. A video posted on YouTube by activists showed a thick cloud of smoke from buildings in the city. The people were frightened by the power of the blast. To the west of Damascus, nine soldiers were also killed in a rebel attack against a military checkpoint, said the SOHR. In the capital itself, the bodies of eight men who had disappeared during an army operation were found near the military Teshreen hospital, in the district of BarzE. According to the SOHR, 70 people were killed Sunday.