Syrian rebels claim car bomb attack that killed Russian soldiers in Latakia

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Russian fighters of the so-called "Slavonic Corps" in Syria. Credit: PMC

ARA News 

LATAKIA – A car bomb attack hit a command center for pro-Assad Russian forces in Latakia province in western Syria on Wednesday evening. The blast has reportedly claimed lives of a dozen Russian soldiers, according to security sources.

“A huge explosion hit a security building in central Jableh city of Latakia province, where senior Russian forces were holding a meeting with Syrian army commanders,” a source close to the Syrian national security department told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity. 

“The explosion was caused by a car bomb that hit the main entrance of the building,” the source said, adding that the initial death toll has reached ten people, mostly Russian soldiers. 

Syrian rebel groups of Ahrar al-Sham and Bayan issued a joint statement on Wednesday midnight, claiming responsibility for the attack. 

Latakia is the heartland of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Pro-Assad forces and allied Russian troops have been trying to fortify the province in a bid to deter any attacks by the rebel groups. However, the Syrian armed opposition has recently seized several towns and villages in Latakia countryside, mainly near the Jabal al-Turkman. 

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News

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