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Bomb hits bus in central Syrian province, kills 19

September 19. 2013 5:38AM
Associated Press

A Syrian opposition fighter sits at the top of a mountain in the vicinity of a rebel camp in the Idlib province countryside, Syria, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. The main Syrian opposition coalition urged the international community to take swift action against the regime of President Bashar Assad in response to a U.N. finding that the nerve agent sarin was used in a deadly attack near the capital last month. (AP Photo)

(AP) A Syrian official says a roadside bomb has targeted a bus in the country's central province, killing 19 people.

The official at the governor's office in Homs province says Thursday's explosion in the village of Jbourin also wounded four people on the bus. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

The village is predominantly Alawite, a minority sect to which President Bashar Assad belongs, but it also has Christians and Sunnis. It was not immediately clear why the bus was targeted.

Syria's civil war, which has left more than 100,000 dead since the crisis erupted in March 2011, has taken increasingly sectarian overtones. Most of the rebels trying to overthrow Assad belong to the majority Sunni sect.

Associated Press
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