At least 18 people were killed in a car bombing in Syria

A car bombing in eastern Syria on Friday killed at least 18 people including 11 members of a US-backed force that has fought the Islamic State group, a war monitor said.

“A car bomb went off in front of the Syrian Democratic Forces’ base in Al-Bsayra town in the eastern Deir Ezzor countryside,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

It killed “a commander and ten other personnel, as well as seven civilians, including three children,” he said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, but IS has claimed similar attacks in the past.