Suicide bomber kills at least 30 people in Hama

Sunday 20 October 2013 23.34
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Pictures on Syria TV showed firemen trying to put out huge fires and black clouds of smoke rising from charred trucks and cars
Pictures on Syria TV showed firemen trying to put out huge fires and black clouds of smoke rising from charred trucks and cars
State media reported a man blew himself up inside the vehicle on a busy road on the outskirts of Hama
State media reported a man blew himself up inside the vehicle on a busy road on the outskirts of Hama
The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack targeted an army checkpoint
The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack targeted an army checkpoint
State media blamed the attack on "terrorists"
State media blamed the attack on "terrorists"
Rebels have been joined by hardline Islamists, some of them linked to al-Qaeda, and several groups have used suicide bombs to attack military and political targets
Rebels have been joined by hardline Islamists, some of them linked to al-Qaeda, and several groups have used suicide bombs to attack military and political targets

A suicide bomber driving a truck packed with 1.5 tonnes of explosives killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens in Syria's central city of Hama.

State media reported the man blew himself up inside the vehicle on a busy road on the outskirts of the city.

It blamed the attack on "terrorists", the term it uses to describe rebel forces trying to topple President Basharal-Assad.

The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack targeted an army checkpoint.

Syria's two-and-a-half-year-old conflict began as peaceful protests but has degenerated into civil war.

Rebels have been joined by hardline Islamists, some of them linked to al-Qaeda, and several groups have used suicide bombs to attack military and political targets.

Pictures on Syria TV showed firemen trying to put out huge fires and black clouds of smoke rising from charred trucks and cars.