10 killed in car bomb blast in Syria's Homs

10 killed in car bomb blast in Syria
# 18 April 2014 21:11 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. At least ten people were killed and over 20 others wounded Friday, when a booby-trapped car ripped through a pro-government district of Syria's central province of Homs, local media reported, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The explosive-packed vehicle tore through the Ekrima neighborhood of Homs while worshipers were leaving an area mosque after performing Friday's traditional noon prayers, said the report.

The state news agency SANA also reported the blast, but stopped short of giving a death toll.

The blast came as the Syrian government troops have recently launched an offensive against rebel-held districts in the old quarter of Homs to dislodge the rebels and secure Homs.

Earlier in the day, SANA said the government troops continued their progress against the rebels in the old Homs city, namely in the neighborhoods of Bab Hud and Wadi al-Sayeh, destroying rebels' positions and killing many of undisclosed number of them.

Homs, Syria's third largest province, was one of the first provinces to sympathize with anti-government movement in Syria. The rebels there have taken considerable swathes of land, but the government troops have stripped the rebels of their territory over the past year.

Several neighborhoods of Homs remained loyal to the government, pushing the rebels to unleash retaliatory attacks against them every time the government troops advance against opposition-held areas.

The three-year crisis started in mid-March 2011, when anti- government protesters took to the street calling for reforms, but rapidly evolved into a civil war which witnessed the formation of anti-government militias joined by radical jihadist movements.

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