SDF commander Kobani condemns Afrin deadly attack

<p style="text-align: left;">Mazloum Kobani, the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), on Wednesday condemned a bomb attack that claimed at least 40 lives in northern Syrian enclave of Afrin, Mezopotamya news agency said.

A bomb-laden oil tanker explosion in Kurdish-populated Afrin killed more than 40 and at least 47 others were wounded.

"What happened in Afrin is a terrorist attack that should be condemned. Many innocent people lost their lives in this attack," Kobani said.

Such acts of crime are unacceptable from any side in this conflict, he said.

Turkish troops and allied Syrian militia took control of Afrin on March 17, 2018, after a two-month offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), that forms the backbone of the SDF.

"This brutal attack in the land of peace and olive is a result of the destructive policies of the Turkish state," Kobani said.

Turkish-controlled areas in northern Syria have been a frequent target of bomb attacks that have claimed the lives of several Turkish-backed militia and civilians.

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