Activist Group: At Least 50 Troops Killed in Syria

In this photo from Friday, Nov. 02, 2012, a rebel fighter walks among the debris of damaged residential buildings after several days of intense fighting between rebel fighters and the Syrian army in the Karm al-Jebel neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria.

A rebel fighter walks past damaged residential buildings in Aleppo, Syria, Nov. 02, 2012.

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By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian activist group says a suicide car bomber has killed more than 50 Syrian soldiers and pro-government gunmen.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the attack in the village of Ziyara in the central province of Hama was carried out by Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaida-inspired Islamic militant group.

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The death toll could not be independently verified.

State-run news agency SANA said the blast occurred outside a state-run development agency. It said Monday's blast caused deaths but gave no figure.

The Observatory also reported that an air raid on the northern town of Harem killed at least 20 rebels. It said a rebel commander was seriously wounded in the raid.

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