Assad blames ex AlQaeda affiliate for bombing evacuees: Russian media

Fri 21 Apr 2017 at 15:50 Regional

NNA - Syrian leader Bashar Assad Friday blamed the country's former Al-Qaeda affiliate for a deadly bombing against buses carrying evacuees outside Aleppo at the weekend.


"It was Jabhat al-Nusra, they haven't hidden it from the very start, and I think that everyone agrees that it was Nusra," Assad told Russia's RIA Novosti news agency in an interview, referring to the extremist group now known as the Fateh al-Sham Front that has supposedly severed its ties with al-Qaeda.


The bombing killed 126 people, 68 of them children, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at the Rashidin transit point west of Aleppo as people were evacuating from the besieged towns of Fuaa and Kafraya.


No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, one of the deadliest episodes since the start of Syria's six-year civil war.--AFP


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