Suicide Car Bomb Wounds Eight in Northern Syria

Seven civilian casualties are reported as well as a wounded U.S.-backed fighter; no group immediately claimed responsibility for attack

Turkish-backed fighters take part in a training at a military barracks, Manbij, March 6, 2019.

An official with a U.S.-backed group says a suicide car bomb attacker has blown himself up near a military vehicle in the northern Syrian town of Manbij, wounding eight people, most of them civilians.

Sharfan Darwish, of the Kurdish-led Manbij Military Council, said the Saturday afternoon attack took place as a military car was passing as well as several civilian vehicles.

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He said seven civilians were wounded, one of them seriously, as well as a U.S.-backed fighter.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, also reported the blast saying several civilians and fighters were wounded.

No one immediately claimed responsibility but in January the Islamic State group claimed a suicide attack in Manbij that killed 19 people, including two U.S. service members and two American civilians.