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Al-Qaeda-linked group claims deadly Syria blast

Last updated: Monday, January 28, 2013 3:03 PM

 

 

BEIRUT — An Al-Qaeda-linked group fighting alongside Syrian rebels has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing a week ago that reportedly killed dozens of President Bashar Assad's loyalists.


A statement Monday from Jabhat Al-Nusra says one of its suicide bombers detonated a car bomb at the headquarters of a pro-government militia in the central province of Hama.


Activists said at least 42 people, mostly pro-Assad militiamen, died in the blast last Monday in the town of Salamiya. The government did not say how many people were killed.


Al-Nusra is fighting alongside other rebels to topple Assad. The group has previously targeted government institutions with suicide bombers.


The US says it's linked to al-Qaida, and has declared the group a terrorist organization. — AP

 

 
   
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