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Bomb disposal experts in Syria die after car bomb detonates

By Jay Jackson, Bangladesh News
22 Feb 2019, 16:30 GMT+10

DAMASCUS, Syria - Five bomb disposal experts have been killed in a targeted attack in Syria.

A car laden with explosives travelling from the YPG/PKK-controlled Manbij to the city of Jarabulus, on the western bank of the Euphrates river, exploded at the first check point as it was approaching the city on Thursday, the head of the civil defense teams Raid Salih was quoted as saying by Turkish news agency Anadolu Agency.

Jarabulus is in the control of Syria's opposition and is part of the Euphrates Shield Operation Area.

"The vehicle detonated in Gandura, the firstcheck pointof the Operation area," Salih said.

In a separate incident Thursday, in a similar attack in Afrin, also located in the Turkish-backed Olive Branch Operation area, a child was killed and 20 others were injured.

Jarablus was in the hands of Daesh until liberated by Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield in September 2016.

The town of Manbij and nearby areas are now controlled by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which fought and defeated Daesh, ousting the group in August 2016 after they had controlled the town for more than two years.

(File photo).

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