Syr­ian strikes on Is­lamic State strong­hold kill 25

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BEIRUT (AP) — Syria launched a se­ries of airstrikes tar­get­ing a strong­hold of the Is­lamic State ex­trem­ist group on Satur­day, killing at least 25 peo­ple, most of whom died when one of the mis­siles slammed into a crowded bak­ery, ac­tivists said.

The eight airstrikes smashed parts of build­ings, set cars alight and crushed peo­ple un­der rub­ble in the northeastern city of Raqqa, which is ruled by the ex­trem­ist group, ac­cord­ing to video of the af­ter­math up­loaded to so­cial me­dia net­works.

At least 16 civil­ians were killed, along­side nine Is­lamic State fight­ers, said the Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights. Most of the civil­ians were killed after at least one strike hit a bak­ery on a busy street, and the death toll was likely to rise, said the Ob­ser­va­tory, which ob­tains its in­for­ma­tion from a net­work of ac­tivists on the ground.

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