Syria says suicide bomber kills 4 in central town

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This image made from amateur video from Hama Revolution 2011 and accessed by AP video Friday, July 13, 2012 purports to show families gathered around bodies of victims killed by violence that, according to anti-regime activists, was carried out by government forces in Tremseh, Syria, about 15 kilometers (nine miles) northwest of the central city of Hama. Anti-regime activists in Syria said Friday that government gunners rained shells on a poor, farming village before armed thugs moved in, leaving scores of people dead in what rebels claim is one of the worst single days of bloodshed in the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime. (AP Photo/ Hama Revolution 2011 via AP video)

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's state news agency says a suicide truck bomb in the central province of Hama has killed three civilians and one security officer.

SANA said the attacker, who covered the bomb with onions, detonated the explosives in the town of Muhrada.

The anti-regime Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bomb targeted the local military security headquarters. Both said the dead included two women and a child.

Bombings of security buildings throughout Syria have grown more common as the uprising against President Bashar Assad has become dominated by the rebel insurgency seeking to overthrow his regime.

Activists say more than 17,000 people have been killed since the uprising's start in March 2011, most of them civilians. The government says the dead include more than 4,000 security personnel.