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30 dead in Syria suicide bombing

Published:Sunday | October 20, 2013 | 12:10 PM

At least 30 people have been killed in Syria following a suicide truck bombing near the central city of Hama.

Syria’s state news agency Sana reports that the carnage unfolded after Syrian rebels drove a truck laden with over a tonne of explosives into a government checkpoint on a busy road.

It’s reported that the explosion may have set fire to a nearby petrol tanker and that this could have increased the damage and casualties.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has blamed the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front for the attack.

The human rights group claims the attack appears to have targeted government soldiers, but says most of those killed were civilians.