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Nearly dozen military personnel, two civilians killed in attack on bus in Syria's Raqqah: SANA

Civil defense members put out a bus fire at the site of a roadside bomb attack in central Damascus, Syria, on October 20, 2021. (Photo by Syrian Arab News Agency)

More than a dozen people have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries when a terrorist attack targeted a civilian transit bus in the northern Syrian city of Raqqah.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing an unnamed military source, reported that 11 government troops and two civilians were killed in the explosion that happened at around 6:30 a.m. local time (0330 GMT) on Monday when the bus was traveling in the Jabal al-Bishri region and along the road linking Raqqah and Homs.  

It added that another three soldiers were wounded in the terrorist attack.

Later on Sunday, the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the ambush had been carried out by remnants of Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, who launch hit-and-run attacks in the country’s desert areas.

Last month, a rocket attack on a military bus killed 10 soldiers and wounded nine more in northwest Syria.

The bus was attacked in the west of Aleppo province on May 13, SANA reported at the time.

Attackers hit the bus with an anti-tank missile, the news agency said.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, which took place near the frontier with militant-held territory close to the Turkish border.

Back on October 20 last year, a bomb attack on a bus carrying troops in the Syrian capital Damascus killed at least 14 military personnel and wounded three others.

Two explosive devices went off as the bus was near the Hafez al-Assad bridge, Syrian state TV said, adding a third device was defused by an army engineering unit.

Since 2011, Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy, leading to the emergence of Daesh and other terrorist groups in the Arab country.

The Syrian government has repeatedly condemned the United States and the European Union for waging economic terrorism on the country through their unilateral sanctions, holding them responsible for the suffering of the Syrian people.

Damascus has also been critical of the United Nations for keeping silent on the destructive role of the US and EU, among other parties supporting terrorism in Syria.

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