MIDDLE EAST

Car bomb kills 5, injures 11 civilians in Syria's Afrin

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At least five civilians were killed and 11 injured on Tuesday in a possible YPG/PKK terrorist attack in northwestern Syria.

The attack came though a car bomb explosion in a crowded area of Jinderes in the city of Afrin.

The blast also caused material damage.

Local security forces claimed the YPG/PKK terrorist group could be behind the attack.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The terrorist YPG is the PKK's Syrian branch.

In January 2018, Turkey launched a major military offensive -- Operation Olive Branch -- with the aim of purging Afrin of YPG/PKK terrorist elements.

In March 2018, day 58 of the operation, Afrin was liberated by Turkish troops backed by Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters.

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