At least 4 killed in Syria bomb blast

LATAKIA: At least four people were killed in the blast in Syrian government stronghold of Latakia on Monday, but there were conflicting reports about what caused the explosion.
It comes amid heightened fears of attacks in the coastal region after a rebel alliance that includes the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front last month seized Jisr al-Shughur in neighbouring Idlib province.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and sources on the ground both reported the blast in the city of Latakia in the coastal province of the same name.
In the city saw flames and a column of smoke rising after hearing what appeared to be an explosion in the Mar Taqla neighbourhood.
At the scene of the blast, residents said those killed were a father and his son and daughter, along with their female neighbour.
The explosion set fire to the family’s apartment and partially collapsed the building’s roof.
The Britain-based Observatory also reported that the blast had killed four people, among them two children.