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19 killed in Syrian bombing

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DAMASCUS, Syria (KNOE 8 News/AP) - A Syrian official says a roadside bomb has targeted a bus in the country's central province, killing 19 people.

The official at the governor's office in Homs province says Thursday's explosion in the village of Jbourin also wounded four people on the bus. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

The village is predominantly Alawite, a minority sect to which President Bashar Assad belongs, but it also has Christians and Sunnis. It was not immediately clear why the bus was targeted.

Syria's civil war, which has left more than 100,000 dead since the crisis erupted in March 2011, has taken increasingly sectarian overtones. Most of the rebels trying to overthrow Assad belong to the majority Sunni sect.

Elsewhere in Syria, activists say al-Qaida-linked gunmen have captured a town near the Turkish border, but not from government forces. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant stormed the town of Azaz, forcing members of another rebel group, the Northern Storm Brigade to withdraw.

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