Syrian Suicide Attack Hits Idlib Council Linked to Former Nusra Front

The attack targeted the headquarters of a council that governs the insurgent-held Idlib region of northwestern Syria on Tuesday, killing a number of people

Destroyed buildings in the northern town of Ariha, Idlib province, Syria, September 20, 2018
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A suicide bomb attack targeted the headquarters of a council that governs the insurgent-held Idlib region of northwestern Syria on Tuesday, killing a number of people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The attack in Idlib city was carried out by a woman, the Observatory said. It targeted the headquarters of the National Salvation Government, which is linked to the jihadist Tahrir al-Sham group that controls the area.

Observatory Director Rami Abdulrahman told Reuters the blast had caused fatalities but did not say how many. Tahrir al-Sham was formerly known as the Nusra Front, which was al Qaeda's Syrian wing until ties were severed in 2016.

Areas of control in Syria as of January 29, 2019
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