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Twin blasts in rebel-held Syrian city Idlib kill at least 15

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 19, 2019 13:20

Twin blasts in rebel-held Syrian city Idlib kill at least 15

Video posted on social media obtained by Reuters purports to show the aftermath of twin explosions in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib.

At least 15 people were killed and scores injured, medics and witnesses said.

They said an explosive device planted in a parked car detonated in a main street in the rebel-held city.

Many of the casualties were civil defence workers who reached the site moments before a second explosion nearby.

That blast was attributed by some witnesses to a bomb rigged to a motorcycle.

Social media footage showed Syrian Civil Defence members known as White Helmets carrying away bodies and rescuing wounded civilians amid smouldering wreckage.

Idlib province, in Syria’s northwest corner, is under the control of Hayat Tahrir al Sham, a bloc of Islamist militant factions spearheaded by Syria’s former al Qaeda affiliate, and has long been targeted by bombings and assassinations.

They say the wave of blasts in the densely populated region aims to destabilise the last opposition bastion remaining after almost eight years of civil war.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 19, 2019 13:20

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