Eight killed in an explosion in the Syrian city of Raqqa

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — A bomb exploded in the Syrian city of Raqqa, killing eight people on Tuesday, including four members of the US-backed Democratic Forces of Syria, a security source in northern Syria said.

The source added that the blast also killed four civilians and wounded three of the internal security force led by the Kurds, known as Asayish.

Witnesses said people, including members of the Syrian Democratic Forces, gathered at the scene after an explosion, followed by a more severe explosion that killed and wounded.

“I heard a loud explosion and people running and saw … human remains,” a wounded witness told Reuters.

Video footage, broadcast on social media sites, showed rescuers moving body parts and wounded to ambulances at the site of the blast, while flames were burning in a car.

Attacks are increasing in areas controlled by Syria’s Democratic Forces in northeastern Syria on the border with Turkey and along the Euphrates River to the border with Iraq.

Residents say the past few months have seen a series of assassinations targeting fighters and commanders of the Syrian Democratic Forces.

They said resentment was mounting among the Arab majority of residents of eastern Syria against Kurdish-led forces, with many objecting to forced conscription and discrimination in leadership positions.

Syria’s democratic forces, led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Forces, warned that the Islamic state would intensify its guerrilla-style activities after its defeat in its last Syrian enclave last month.

In a separate attack on Tuesday, a Syrian military source said a suicide bomber blew up a minivan near a convoy of US-led coalition forces in the province of Hasakah but without casualties.

The coalition has yet to comment on the attack, which took place just after midday in the town of Shaddadi, south of the city of Hasaka. The Syrian news agency Hawar said a small truck was used in the attack.

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