Twin bomb attacks claim 18 lives near Syria’s Hama


At least 18 people have reportedly been killed and more than 50 others injured after two bomb attacks hit the suburbs of Syria’s west-central city of Hama.

Syria’s official news agency SANA quoted a security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, as saying that a Takfiri terrorist detonated a booby-trapped car in the town of al-Jibrin in the countryside of Hama, killing 17 civilians, including 11 children on Friday.

Many houses in the town were also damaged in the deadly bomb explosion, the official added.

According to the security source, another civilian lost his life in a similar terrorist attack carried out in the town of al-Hmairi also located in the suburbs of Hama.

Cities and towns across Syria have frequently come under bomb attacks as well as mortar and rocket fire by the militants since the crisis broke out in the Arab state over three years ago.

On April 29, at least 100 people, mostly civilians, were killed in separate terrorist attacks targeting Syria’s western city of Homs. The al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front claimed responsibility for the deaths.

More than a dozen others were also killed in similar attacks that struck the capital Damascus on April 29.

The Takfiri groups have stepped up their deadly attacks against Syrians as the country is preparing to hold an important presidential election on June 3.

Syria has been the scene of a deadly turmoil since March 2011. Reports says over 150,000 people have so far been killed and millions of others displaced because of the foreign-backed militancy plaguing the country.

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