At least 10 people killed in blast in northern Syria: Observatory

October 11, 2016 5:48 AM EDT

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed when an Islamic State suicide bomber blew himself up in a village in northern Syria in the early hours of Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

The blast took place in al-Mashi, which is in the countryside around the city of Manbij and wounded another 20 people, it said. U.S.-backed forces captured Manbij and its surrounding areas from Islamic State in August.

The jihadist group is launching attacks against those forces in the Manbij area, the British-based Observatory says.

Since the Manbij operation, a Kurdish contingent of the U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces has withdrawn from the city, the Pentagon said last month, but non-Kurdish forces from the SDF-allied Manbij military council remained.

Turkey, which has fought against the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, is supporting Syrian insurgents in a separate push against Islamic State further west of Manbij.

Al-Mashi is currently under the control of the Manbij Military Council, the Observatory said.

(Reporting by John Davison; Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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