At least 13 dead in car bomb in Syrian border town

Tal Abyad, Syria, Nov 2 (AFP/APP): A car bomb killed at least 13 people in a town in northeast Syria Saturday, as thousands of people in the wider region protested.

The bombing ripped through Tal Abyad, one of several once Kurdish-controlled towns.

The blast came despite a truce last week to halt the assault that began on October 9 and sparked the latest humanitarian disaster of Syria’s eight-year war.

On Saturday, an AFP correspondent in Tal Abyad saw the remains of two motorbikes ablaze in the middle of a rubble-strewn street.

A group of men carried the severely burnt body of a victim onto the back of a pickup truck, as a veiled young woman stood aghast by the side of the street.

Turkey’s defence ministry said 13 civilians were killed in the attack, which it blamed on Kurdish fighters.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, reported 14 people had been killed in the explosion.

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