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article imageSyrian fighters use tunnel bomb to hit army base

By Paul Iddon     May 15, 2014 in World
In a spectacular explosion that was caught on film, Syrian opposition forces destroyed a large Syrian army base after digging a tunnel under it and planting explosives there.
Reuters quotes an Islamic Front (the name of a broad umbrella coalition of Islamist oriented fighters who aren't Al Qaeda affiliated) commander saying that his brigade was responsible for the attack. They succeeded in blowing up parts the Wadi al-Deif base after digging a tunnel right underneath it and planting and detonating 60 tonnes of explosives.
The base was surrounded by opposition fighters but has remained under the control of the regime for the past three years of the ongoing conflict.
The base is one of Syrian Army's last major bases in the Idlib province. The nearby Hamadiyeh military base is also finding itself under continued attack by opposition fighters.
It isn't known how many were killed in the huge blast shown below,
AFP quotes the head of the opposition UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights saying "dozens of soldiers have been killed or injured."
The tactic has been used before. Just last week 30 Syrian soldiers were killed when explosives were planted in a tunnel they dug under a checkpoint. According to one of the perpetrators of that attack the tunnel took them 50 days to dig.
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