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Rocket attack in Syria ‘kills 10 troopers’

A rocket attack targeting a military bus in Syria has killed 10 soldiers and wounded nine more in the northwest, state news agency SANA reports, in a deadly flare-up near the frontier with rebel-held territory close to the Turkish border.

The bus was hit in the Anjara area west of Aleppo at 9.30am, SANA said.

Militants attacked the vehicle with an anti-tank rocket, it added, giving no further details.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said opposition fighters carried out the attack and that the death toll would likely rise.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham posted a video on its Telegram channel on Friday showing a rocket hitting a bus, with a caption saying it showed the moment a military bus belonging to pro-Assad militias was destroyed west of Aleppo.

Reuters could not independently verify the reports or the video.

Hours after the attack, Russian warplanes carried out air strikes on rebel-held areas in the northwest, the Observatory reported, saying it had no immediate information on the results of the air strikes.

The men killed in the attack west of Aleppo were pro-government Shi’ite fighters from the towns of Nubl and Zahraa, said a pro-Damascus military source and the SOHR, which reports on the war using what it describes as a network of sources on all sides of the war.

Northwestern Syria, near the border with Turkey, is the last major stronghold of insurgents fighting the Syrian government in the country’s 11-year-long war.

Turkish forces, which back some rebel groups, are deployed in the rebel-held area.

The main frontlines in the conflict, which spiralled out of protests against President Bashar al-Assad in 2011, have been largely frozen for several years.

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