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39 killed as explosion destroys two five-storey buildings in northern Syria

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At least 39 people, including 21 children and women, have been killed after an explosion at what is thought to be a makeshift arms depot in Syria,but the cause of the blast isn’t immediately known.

The blast that collapsed two five-storey buildings, burying many of the victims, occurred in the village of Sarmada near the Turkish border on Sunday (local time).

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 39, including 21 women and children.

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“Buildings full of civilians were reduced to rubble,” one White Helmets rescuer Hatem Abu Marwan was quoted as saying the AFP news agency.

An opposition media collective known as the Smart news agency said the dead included civilians as well as members of the Al Qaeda-linked Levant Liberation Committee.

The Observatory said an arms depot in the basement of a building had detonated. It said the depot was run by an arms dealer close to the Levant Liberation Committee.

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7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar

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NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.

Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.

The injured are being transported to local hospitals.

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The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.

Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.

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