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Car Bomb Explosion kills 13 People in Northern Syria, Turkey and Kurdish Forces Blame Each Other

  • A car bomb explosion at a market in central Tal Abyad (a northern Syrian town along the Turkey border) killed at least 13 people and injured 20 more people. The bomb exploded when Turkey-backed forces captured it from Kurdish-led fighters. No organization has claimed responsibility for the attack. Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, has accused the armed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) along with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) for the explosion targeting the civilians. However, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) press Commander Marivan Qamishlo has denied any involvement with the explosion. He went on to say that it was the handiwork of the Turkish intelligence/mercenaries who want to defame the image of SDF (YPG makes up a large part of SDF) and at the same time “frighten and terrorize the local people”. Turkish defense ministry urged the international community to take a stand against this “cruel terror organization”.