Turkey’s De­fense Min­istry says car bomb kills 13 in Syr­ian town

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

IS­TAN­BUL — A car bomb ex­ploded in a north­ern Syr­ian town along the bor­der with Turkey on Satur­day, killing 13 peo­ple, Turkey's De­fense Min­istry said.

The min­istry said about 20 oth­ers were wounded when the bomb ex­ploded in cen­tral Tal Abyad, which was cap­tured last month by Turkey-backed op­po­si­tion gun­men from Kur­dish-led fight­ers.

The min­istry blamed Syr­ian Kur­dish fight­ers for the at­tack and called on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to take a stance against this “cruel ter­ror or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

A spokesman for the main Kur­dish-led force in Syria, Mustafa Bali, blamed Turkey for the blast, say­ing Turkey and the Syr­ian fight­ers it backs “are now cre­at­ing chaos” in Tal Abyad to dis­place the Kurds who live in the town.

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