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Car bomb near school in central Syria kills 16, government and activists say

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian security forces, center, gather at site where a car bomb has exploded near a school, at al-Kaffat village in the central Hama province, Syria, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2013. Syrian state media and an opposition watchdog say a car bomb has exploded near a school in a central province, killing several people and wounding dozens. (AP Photo/SANA)
January 09, 2014 - 4:11 AM

DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian state media and an opposition watchdog say a car bomb has exploded near a school in a central province, killing at least 16 people and wounding dozens.

Syrian TV says Thursday's explosion in the al-Kaffat village in the central Hama province also caused extensive damage. The Hama police command says there were women and children among the victims.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which keeps track of the fighting in Syria through a network of activists on the ground, says 18 people were killed, most of them civilians.

Al-Kaffat's residents are mostly from the country's minority Ismaili sect, a branch of Shiite Islam.

Syria's conflict has pitted the mostly Sunni opposition against President Bashar Assad's Alawites, members of a Shiite offshoot sect.

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