SYRIA: The Islamic state killed more than 40 people in a car bomb in a Syrian village held by rebels backed Turkey on Friday, sources in the region and war monitor said , a day after jihadist group was driven from its last stronghold in the area.
The Syrian observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said 42 people were killed. The blast which hit the security checkpoint controlled by rebels fighting under the Free Syrian Army (FSA) banner in the village of Sousaian, killing 41 people including 35 civilians, the sources in the region said.
The Turkey-backed rebels had on Thursday driven Islamic State from al-Bab and two smaller towns nearby after weeks of streetfighting, depriving the a hardline militants of their last big possessions in northwest Syria.
A rebel fighter with Sultan Murad Brigade near al-Bab said: "It was done on a checkpoint but there was a lot of families there gatheres and waiting o get back to al-Bab. Therefore we have many civilian casualties.
The Islamic State has claims that it was behind the blast , in a social media post and have acknowledged that it had lost control of al-Bab on Thursday.
Also on Thursday, several Turkey-backed rebels were killed by a mine in al-Bab while clearing the town of unexploded ordnance after Islamic State retreated, according to reports.
"There are still lots of cell inside Bab. It is very dangerous. Our search and clearance operation is still underway," the rebel fighter said.
Although Syria's main conflict is pits President Bashar al-Assad, backed by its Russian counterparts , Iran and Shi'tie militants, against rebels that include groups supported by Turkey , the United states and Gulf monarchies.
However, both sides as well as a group of militants led by Kurdish forces and supported by the U.S. are also fighting Islamic State, which holds large swathes of north and south Syria.
Last year in August Turkey directly intervened in Syria in support of a group of rebels factions fighting under the Free Syrian Army banner to drive Islamic State from its border. It also wants to stop Kurdish groups gaining control of mist of the frontier.
Afetr taking al-bab on Thursday, Turkish forces shelled Islmic State in the smaller neighbourhood town of Tadar, sources said.
The area immediately to the south of Tadef is held by the Syrian army and its allies, which have in recent weeks pushed into Islamic State territory in that area from Allepo and advanced towards the Euphrates river.
Thr Syrian democtic forces have taken further east, the Kurdish-led militants backed by the United states have in recent weeks taken dozens of villages from Islamic States as they close in on the group's Syrian capital of Raqqa.