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Car bomb hits near Russia base in Syria’s Raqqah: Monitoring group

A bomb has reportedly gone off near a Russian military base in Syria’s northeastern province of Raqqah.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said two men parked an explosives-laden vehicle outside the base in the Tal Saman area, before opening fire on the base and fleeing the scene in the early hours of Friday.

“It’s the first such direct attack against a Russian base in northeastern Syria,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

The Britain-based group claimed that several Russian troops had been wounded in the car bomb attack, without giving an exact number.

The report has not been confirmed by Russia.

The al-Qaeda-linked Hurras al-Deen Takfiri terrorist group reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement that circulated on social media.

The SOHR described the attack as the first of its kind in the area by Hurras al-Deen militants, who rarely operates outside the northwestern region of Idlib, the terrorists’ last major bastion in the country.

Armed groups in Idlib regularly make attempts at attacking Hmeimim airbase in Lattakia Province.

The Russian military and the Syrian army have thwarted several drone and mortar attacks launched by militants on the airbase, destroying dozens of drones and multiple-launch rocket system shells.

Russia has been helping Syrian forces in the ongoing battles across the conflict-plagued Arab country.

The Russian military assistance, which began in September 2015 at the official request of the Syrian government, has proved effective as Syrians continue to recapture key areas from Daesh and other terrorist groups across the country thanks to Russian air cover.

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