Truck bomb attack kills 10 in Syria’s Homs province: TV
Syrians walk past anti-sniper curtains in a destroyed neighbourhood of the Old City of Homs - AFP/Joseph Eid

DAMASCUS: A bomb-laden truck killed at least 10 people when it exploded in a village of the central Syrian province of Homs on Monday, state television said.

“The terrorist explosion in Haraqi village in Homs province was caused by a tanker truck bomb. The initial toll says 10 people were killed, and major damage was caused to houses,” the television station reported.

The attack comes a day before a presidential election is held in regime-held parts of the war-ravaged country, with the incumbent Bashar al-Assad expected to stay in power.

Haraqi is a regime-held village.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the attack, but gave a toll of eight dead and 12 wounded.

The Britain-based group also said Haraqi is home to a majority of Alawites, the religious community from which President Assad’s clan hails.

Most rebel fighters in Syria’s three-year uprising are Sunni Muslims, who also make up most of the country’s overall population.

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