Syrian factory bomb 'killed 54 people'

An activist group says a bombing of a military factory in central Syria this week has killed 54 people.

Rami Abdul-Rahman of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday that the bombing took place in a government-controlled area on Wednesday and that reports of it were slow to emerge.

He says a mini-van packed with explosives blew up near the factory in the village of al-Buraq while employees were waiting for buses after work.

Mr Abdul-Rahman also said those killed included 11 women and that all were civilians. He says the factory makes military supplies but not weapons.

Syria’s state news agency reported the blast on Wednesday evening, saying “terrorists” detonated a car bomb near a factory. It said there was an unspecified number of casualties.

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Great white shark leaps onto Australian fisherman's boat

Man accused of killing eight people told police he wasn't 'fit to live'

North Korea fires 'ballistic missile' into Japanese waters

MI5 to probe whether ’flags’ on Manchester bomber were missed


Lifestyle

Runner of the week: Pádraigín Riggs

5 things to do this week

10 things we learned in Cannes

Meet the man behind The Brendan Voyage

More From The Irish Examiner