Syria: Car bomb near al-Bab kills dozens

Al-Bab was ISIS’ last significant holdout between the northern countryside of Aleppo and Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital. Held by ISIS since 2013, al-Bab was recaptured after more than two months of fighting.

The attack in Sousian village, a few miles north, killed between 53 and 60 people, according to activist groups Aleppo Media Center and the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in an online statement.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported that 60 people were killed and at least 100 others wounded, adding that the car bomb targeted a security building for the Free Syrian Army, an association of rebel groups fighting ISIS.

Dozens of Syrians are being treated at a hospital across the border in the Turkish town of Kilis, Anadolu said.

Thirty-three of those killed in the blast have been identified, said Barry Abdullatif, founder of media activist group al-Bab City Coordination.

There were multiple reports Thursday that Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army rebels had pushed ISIS out of al-Bab, near the Turkey-Syria border.

Turkey’s military confirmed in a statement that control had been established in all of the town’s neighborhoods.

“Obstructions, mines and IEDs are being cleared in the areas taken under control,” the statement said.

Turkey launched a cross-border operation in support of Free Syrian Army forces in August, with the aim of clearing the border area of ISIS fighters and preventing Kurdish People’s…

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