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Car bomb killed 11 civilians near Turkish border in Syia

A car bomb has struck the Al-Rai town near the Turkish border in northern Syria, killing at least 11 civilians in the militant-held region, an observatory group said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing near the town’s entrance, the second such deadly blast in the wider militant-held area since June.

AFP quoted Osama Abu al-Kheir, an anti-government militant, as saying that a refrigerator truck blew up outside a healthcare center, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday.

Turkish troops and allied Syrian militants launched a military operation against both the Takfiri terrorists and Kurdish fighters in northern Syria in 2016, seizing Al-Rai and the nearby town of Azaz.

In June, another car bomb killed 19 people near a bustling market and mosque in Azaz.

The car bomb comes as Ankara and Washington last month said they would work together to set up a buffer area inside northeastern Syria along the Turkish border after Kurdish fighters had withdrawn.

A first joint Turkish-US patrol surveyed the area to the east of the Euphrates River last week.

The Sunday bomb attack came one day before a trilateral summit on Syria between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Vladimir Putin of Russia and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, where they are going to discuss a political resolution to the Syria crisis.

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