Daesh car bombs in Aleppo kill 32: activists

Published April 8th, 2015 - 03:40 GMT
A Syrian rebel stands in the street in Aleppo. (AFP/Ahmed Deeb)
A Syrian rebel stands in the street in Aleppo. (AFP/Ahmed Deeb)

Two overnight car bombings allegedly by Daesh in Aleppo have killed at least 32, AFP reported Wednesday, targeting rebel groups in the province.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks were part of Daesh's attempt to expand into northern parts of the country. 

One bomb hit a rebel base near the Turkish border, in the village of Hawar Kilis, killing at least 23 rebels, the Observatory said. The other explosion killed nine, including three local commanders, targeting a joint rebel office in the town of Marea.

The commanders were from conservative groups and al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front, which confirmed the death of its emir on Twitter.

Clashes between Daesh and opposition groups continued in Marea after the attack, the monitor said, but had stopped by Wednesday morning. Daesh and Nusra Front have butted heads across the country despite sharing similar ideologies; opposition fighters like the Free Syrian Army have often collaborated with Nusra Front, unlike Daesh. 

Over 215,000 Syrians have been killed since the start of the conflict four years ago, according to the Observatory. 


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