Activists: Blast in northern Syria kills 17

BEIRUT (AP) — An explosion near a border crossing between Syria and Turkey killed at least 17 people and wounded many others Thursday, an activist group monitoring the Syrian civil war said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion occurred at a garage near the Bab al-Salameh border crossing in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo. The garage is used by passengers who come to or leave the crossing point, said Rami Abdurrahman, the Observatory's chief.

The Local Coordination Committees, another activist group, said a car bomb at the border crossing killed and wounded "many" people.

Such explosions have occurred in the past in border areas near Turkey.

Turkey's private Dogan news agency reported the blast wounded "tens of people" in the Karaj Sajou area. It gave no further details.

Syria's conflict began with largely peaceful protests calling for reforms and transformed into an armed uprising and eventually a civil war following a ferocious military crackdown on protesters. More than 150,000 people have died since March 2011, and hundreds of thousands of people have been wounded.

Explosions around Syria have killed and wounded thousands of people over the past years.