Blast hits minibus carrying oil workers in eastern Syria; 20 killed

Fri 22 Feb 2019 20:15 GMT | 00:15 Local Time

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Nearly two dozen people have lost their lives and a number of others sustained injuries when a powerful bomb explosion struck a minibus carrying workers employed in a major oil facility in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a car rigged with explosives was detonated remotely in the town of al-Shuhayl, close to an oil field, which serves as a base for the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The Britain-based group added that six members of the Kurdish-led SDF were also killed as they escorted the workers.

Activists with relatives in the area said many of the young men in the blown-up minibus had come from work in the nearby al-Omar field.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, but it bears the hallmark of attacks carried out by the Daesh Takfiri terror group.




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