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20 Syrian soldiers killed in ambush

Gunmen have ambushed a bus carrying Syrian soldiers in the country’s east, killing at least 20 and wounding others, opposition activists said Friday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 23 Syrian soldiers were killed and 10 were wounded in the attack on a desert road near the eastern town of Mayadeen in Deir el-Zour province, which borders Iraq.

The Britain-based observatory said the ambush was carried out by members of ISIL (ISIS), whose sleeper cells in parts of Syria still carry out deadly attacks despite their defeat in 2019.

It added that dozens of soldiers were missing after the armed men surrounded the bus and opened fire.

Writing by Abdullahi Lamino