Bomb car kills over 51 people near newly freed Al-Bab town in Syria

Burned, twisted metal from motorcycles covered an area where a suicide attacker blew up his small pickup truck outside a security office on Friday in the village of Sousian in northern Syria.

BBC – A car bomb has killed at least 51 people in a rebel-held village near the Syrian town of al-Bab, sources in the region and monitors say.

The blast – claimed by Islamic State (IS) militants – destroyed a rebel post in Sousian, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group.

The village is 8km (five miles) north-west of al-Bab, from which Turkish-backed rebels drove out IS on Thursday.

Turkey says the rebels now have “control of all neighbourhoods” there.
“Activities continue to clear areas under control of obstacles, mines and hand-made explosives,” the country’s military said.

IS claimed the car bomb attack, in a statement carried by its Amaq news outlet.

Many civilians were gathering to seek permission to return to al-Bab when the bomb exploded, the opposition-run Qasioun news agency said.

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