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Syria: ‘Car bomb kills 51’ near al-Bab after IS defeat

A car bomb killed at least 51 people in a rebel-held village near the Syrian town of al-Bab on the 24th February, 2017. The blast – claimed by Islamic State (IS) militants – destroyed a rebel post in Sousian.

The village is 8km (five miles) north-west of al-Bab, from which Turkish-backed rebels drove out IS on Thursday. IS claimed the car bomb attack, in a statement carried by its Amaq news outlet.

Situated just north-east of Aleppo, al-Bab has about 100,000 inhabitants in the centre and about 50,000 more living in the suburbs It fell to Syrian rebels in spring 2012 and was in IS hands by early 2014, when it became home to many foreign jihadists and their families.

The rebels say they are now working to clear the heavily mined town.