Car Bomb in Syria Kills 15; Aid Workers Released

Follows a violent weekend

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A car bomb exploded in northwest Syria on Monday morning, activists said, killing at least 15 people after a violent weekend across the country.

The bomb went off at a market in the rebel-held town of Darkoush during a busy shopping period before Eid al-Adha, one of the most important Muslim holidays, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The attack came a day after two car bombs exploded near the state TV building in Damascus. That bombing, captured on Syrian state television during a live broadcast, damaged the network’s headquarters, but it’s not clear if anyone was injured, the Associated Press reports.

Also on Sunday, gunmen in northwest Syria stopped a convoy and abducted a Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer and six Red Cross staffers. The International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed Monday to the AP that four of the seven men have been safely released, but three of the Red Cross employees are still being held.