25 Syrian troopers killed in militant bomb attack in Aleppo
Iran Press TV
Tue Jul 7, 2015 4:33AM
Over two dozen Syrian soldiers have been killed in a bomb attack carried out by the militants of the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front at an army base in Syria's western Aleppo Province, reports say.
On Monday, 25 Syrian troops lost their lives when an al-Nusra terrorist set off his explosives near a temporary military base in Aleppo's al-Zahra neighborhood, said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
According to Abdel Rahman, clashes broke out between foreign-backed Takfiri militants and Syrian forces following the blast.
Aleppo, which was once the country's economic powerhouse, has been the scene of heavy fighting since 2012. The Syrian government mostly controls the western parts of Aleppo, while extremists have a strong presence in its eastern areas.
The deadly blast comes days after militants launched an offensive against government-held districts in Aleppo, firing several hundred rockets and projectiles into at least seven neighborhoods controlled by Damascus.
Following the attacks, Syrian fighter jets pounded militant positions in Aleppo, killing more than 100 Takfiris belonging to the ISIL terror group.
Syria has been facing foreign-sponsored militancy since March 2011. The violence fueled by Takfiri terrorist groups has reportedly left over 230,000 people dead so far.
Earlier this week, a number of Takfiri militants who had recently been arrested in Aleppo following a failed operation confessed to receiving military training by the United States, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in Turkey.
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