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18 militants killed in Syria car bomb

Iran Press TV

Wed Mar 2, 2016 4:25PM

At least 18 militants, including a commander, have been killed in a car bomb explosion in Syria's southern province of Quneitra.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the car bomb went off in the village of Asheh in Quneitra Wednesday afternoon.

But a Quneitra-based opposition activist, identified as Abu Omar al-Golani, said the blast killed 20 militants, including Capt. Abu Hamza al-Naimi, the commander of the Syria Revolutionaries Front, an offshoot of the so-called Free Syrian Army.

Golani further said the blast occurred when several commanders were meeting at the group's office in Asheh.

No one has so far claimed responsibility for the blast, but Suhaib al-Ruhail, a spokesman for the Alwiyat al-Furqan militant group which operates in the area, said 'Daesh sleeper cells" were most likely behind the attack.

The Syria Revolutionaries Front was largely crushed in northern Syria in late 2014 by al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorist group.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. According to a February report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country's pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.

Damascus accuses Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar of funding and arming anti-Syria terrorist groups, including the Daesh Takfiri group.

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