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map syria hamaThe Syrian state news agency says a car bomb has exploded on the edge of the central city of Hama, causing casualties.

SANA said the explosion occurred early Sunday, but provided no further details.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion appeared to target a government checkpoint on a highway close to the city. The Observatory, which has a network of activists on the ground, said ambulances were racing to the scene.

Car bombs are most frequently used by hard-line al-Qaeda-linked militants fighting among the rebels.

Associated Press

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