8 killed in Syrian car bombings

File photo of car bombings

ISTANBUL: A car bomb killed eight civilians including a woman and a child in a Turkish-held border town in northern Syria on Monday, the defence ministry said.

The bomb-laden car exploded in the village of Suluk about 20 kilometres (12 miles) southeast of the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad, the ministry said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the attack left five dead.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing. But the Turkish defence ministry put the blame on the Kurdish forces who controlled the town before Turkish troops and their Syrian proxies seized it during a military offensive in October.

Turkish forces and their proxies — former Syrian rebels hired as a ground force by ankara launched the deadly offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria on 9 October. The Turkish push was aimed at seizing a strip of land roughly 30 kilometres deep along the 440-kilometre border between the two countries.

The offensive saw Ankara’s fighters seize a strip of land roughly 120 kilometres long and 30 kilometres deep on the Syrian side of the border. Ankara says it wants to establish a ‘safe zone’ there in which to resettle some of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees it hosts on its soil.