Airstrike on Al-Qaida Jail in North Syria Leaves 39 Dead

Rights group says warplanes hit Islamic court, which houses the jail; many fighters from Nusra Front among those killed.

An injured woman being carried out of a site hit airstrikes, in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan town in Idlib province, Syria, January 9, 2016.
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Activists are reporting that an airstrike on a prison run by Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria has killed at least 39.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 39 people were killed, including many fighters from the Nusra Front as well as detainees in the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan.

The Local Coordination Committees, another activist group, said the airstrike killed 51.

A civil defence member carries an injured woman from the site hit by airstrikes in Maaret al-Numan, Syria, January 9, 2016.
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Conflicting figures are common in the aftermath of airstrikes in Syria.

The Observatory said the warplanes fired four missiles that hit the Islamic court that includes a jail as well as a nearby road linking the court with a market.