At least 30 killed as truck bomb strikes Syrian city of Hama

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At least 30 killed as truck bomb strikes Syrian city of Hama

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A truck a bomb has killed at least 30 people in the Syrian city of Hama.

The lorry is understood to have been driven by a suicide bomber who detonated his load of 1.5 tonnes of explosives on a busy road on the outskirts of the central Syrian city.

As well as the fatalities there were dozens of wounded in the blast.

One Syrian soldier at the scene said that he did not believe this attack was homegrown. “They were most likely from Qatar or Saudi Arabia,” he said.

One you man caught up in the blast was heading to school. “The first blast injured this leg, the second blast injured the other,” he said.

The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack targeted an army checkpoint but most of the dead were civilians.

Rebels in Syria’s two and a half year civil war have been joined by hard-line Islamists, some of them linked to al Qaeda. Several groups have used suicide bombs to attack military and political targets.

This video of a similar attack in the suburbs of Damascus on Saturday, appears to show rebels as they prepare vehicle before sending it on its mission.