İrem UZUN -TDO- At least 19 people have been killed in a truck bomb explosion in the Turkish-controlled town of Al-Bab in northwest Syria, a war monitor, activists and medics said. Another 82 people were wounded when the vehicle exploded near a bus station in al-Bab, about 40km north-east of the city of Aleppo.
Ibrahim al-Haj, a spokesman for the Syrian Civil Defense, a search-and-rescue group that operates in rebel-held parts of Syria also known as the White Helmets, said 82 people were wounded as a result of the blast. Videos and images circulated by activists on social media showed large plumes of smoke rising from the blast site, along with several fires and damaged buildings. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the car bombing, but there has been a string of attacks in Al-Bab since its capture by Turkish troops from the Islamic State group in 2017. “We condemn in the strongest terms these ongoing indiscriminate attacks on civilians,” senior UN humanitarian official Mark Cutts wrote on Twitter after the latest bombing.
Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters captured the area last October when Ankara intervened northeastern Syria to drive away terrorist fighters from the shared border.