[QODLink]
Middle East

State TV: Car bomb kills dozens in Syria

State television reports 34 people killed, 50 injured in attack near government-controlled city of Hama.

Last updated: 20 Jun 2014 11:49
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Since 2011, the Syrian conflict has killed more than 160,000 people, and displaced millions more [Reuters]

At least 34 people have been killed by a car bomb in central Syria, according to Syrian state television and an activist group.

State television's report said a bomb exploded on Friday morning in the government-controlled Horrah village, which is in the countryside near the city of Hama in central Syria.

About 50 people, mostly civilians, were also injured, the report said.

The attack was described as a "terrorist" bombing, wording the government uses to refer to rebels fighting forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A separate report from the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the number of dead at 37. In a statement, the anti-government group said the toll was likely to rise because many of the wounded were in critical condition.

Car bombs are common in Syria's civil war, now in its fourth year.

On Thursday evening, a car bomb exploded near a school in the pro-government Nazha district of the central city of Homs, killing three people and wounding nine, Syrian state media said.

Since it began in 2011, the conflict has killed more than 160,000 people, according to opposition activists.

Foreign fighters and Syrian rebels who have taken up al-Qaeda-style ideologies have played an increasingly powerful role among fighters, dampening the West's support for the rebellion to overthrow Assad.

214

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Featured
Pro-Russia leaders' election in Ukraine's east shows bloody conflict is far from a peaceful resolution.
Critics challenge Canberra's move to refuse visas for West Africans in Ebola-besieged countries.
A key issue for Hispanics is the estimated 11.3 million immigrants in the US without papers who face deportation.
In 1970, only two mosques existed in the country, but now more than 200 offer sanctuary to Japan's Muslims.
Hundreds of the country's reporters eke out a living by finding news - then burying it for a price.