BEIRUT (AP) — A car bombing today has killed at least 15 people in a rebel-held town in northwestern Syria.
That's according to two activist groups, who say the bomb went off at a market in the town of Darkoush in Idlib province. The marketplace was busy with shoppers buying on the eve of an important Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha.
The two groups, which rely on a network of activists on the ground, differ on the death toll. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Observatory said 27 people died while the Local Coordination Committees said at least 15 were killed.
An amateur video posted on the LCC's Facebook page showed several cars on fire in a street full of debris. People are seen running in panic as smoke billowed from the area, and several shops and apartment buildings appear heavily damaged in the blast. Another video shows men carrying two bodies and placing them in a blanket. The videos appeared genuine and corresponded to other AP reporting on the events depicted.
Car bombs are becoming more common in Syria's civil war, now in its third year. The conflict has killed more than 100,000 people.