A bomb blast in a northern Syrian town held by Turkish-backed opposition forces killed at least eight people, activists said, the latest in a series of attacks to hit areas along the border where Turkey has troops, AP reported Sunday, 16 December.
Citing the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, AP said the explosion killed eight people and appeared to have been caused by a car bomb. It added that the bomb went off in a market near the base of one of the Turkey-backed opposition groups governing Afrin, northern Syria.
Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency, however, said four people were killed and 20 wounded. Another attack on Thursday 13 Dec killed at least three civilians and one Turkish soldier.
Turkish troops and allied Syrian factions drove the Kurdish militia out of Afrin in March. The majority-Kurdish town has since been controlled by Turkey-backed opposition fighters, but has often come under attack from US-backed Kurdish forces in the area.
Kurdish groups in Syria complain of a systematic campaign by Turkey's allies to drive out the local Kurdish population.