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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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32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say

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JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.

Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.

Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.

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“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.

Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.

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