Syrian firefighters battle blazing trucks after Hama suicide attack
Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 00:41
Oct. 20 - Syrian firefighting crews try to subdue fires on burning vehicles after suicide bomber driving a truck kills at least 31 people in Hama. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Syrian state television on Sunday showed the aftermath of an attack which left at least 31 dead and dozens more wounded, after a suicide bomber detonated driving a truck packed with 1.5 tons of explosives in the Syrian city of Hama.
A man blew himself up inside the vehicle on a busy road on the outskirts of the city in central Syria, the SANA news agency said.
It blamed "terrorists," the term it uses to describe rebel forces trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad.
The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack targeted an army checkpoint but most of the dead were civilians.
State TV also showed footage of some of the injured in hospital.
Syria's 2-1/2-year-old conflict began as peaceful protests but has turned into civil war.
More than 100,000 people have died, according to United Nations figures, in fighting that is now spread across most of the country.
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