Bomb blast kills at least 4 in Syria's Afrin: reports

Published 20.01.2019 00:00
Updated 20.01.2019 17:26
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At least four people were killed and 11 others were injured after a bus exploded in Syria's Afrin on Sunday, local media said.

According to reports, a bomb planted on a bus went off as the vehicle left a terminal. The explosion took place in close vicinity of the governor's office, the reports said.

Meanwhile, Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Abdel Rahman said three people were killed and nine others were injured.

"The explosion is the result of a bomb that was placed in a bus in the centre of Afrin," Abdel Rahman said.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the blast.

Another bomb was planted along a busy street in a garbage dumpster, but injured no one.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the attacks would not deter Turkey from fighting terrorist threats along the country's border.

"These [attacks] will not deter us from fighting terror in Afrin. Our fight in Afrin, Jarablus, al-Bab will continue without interruption," the president said.

In January 2018, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear Afrin from PKK-affiliated People's Protection Units (YPG) and Daesh terrorists, who have been oppressing the local population before the Turkish military's intervention.

After a 2-month-long operation, Turkish military cleared terrorists from the war-torn city, allowing tens of thousands of Syrians to return home to established security and stability.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been responsible for the death of some 40,000 people, including women and children.

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