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Car Bombs in Syrian Camp Near Jordan Border Kill Six

A Syrian refugee boy plays in front of his family tent at the Al Zaatri refugee camp, in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, January 18, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Muhammad Hamed/Files

Amman: Two car bombs killed at least six people and wounded several others in Syria’s sprawling Rukban refugee camp near the border with Jordan late on Monday, a rebel official and a resident said, in an attack claimed by the ISIS militant group.

One explosion was near a restaurant and the second targeted the camp’s market nearby, they said.

“There are at least six civilians dead and the number is expected to rise,” said Mohammad Adnan, a rebel official from Jaish Ahrar al-Ashair who runs the policing of the camp.

ISIS said in a statement on its Amaq news agency its fighters “carried out the Rukban camp attack”, according to the US-based SITE monitoring group. It gave no further details.

In January, a car bomb killed a number of people in the camp, and ISIS militants have since launched attacks on Syrian rebels in the area.

Rukban, near the joint Syria-Iraq-Jordan border, is home to refugees and also to rebel groups, including the Jaish Ahrar al-Ashair, which fight both President Bashar al-Assad and the ISIS movement. It was also hit by bomb attacks last year.

(Reuters)