Syrian explosion
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The jihadist Al-Nusra Front on Sunday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack earlier this month on an army factory in the central Syrian province of Hama that reportedly killed at least 60 people.

"Thank God, your brothers in Al-Nusra Front... carried out a martyrdom (suicide) operation that targeted an army factory in the town of Tal Baraq in Hama province," on February 6, the jihadist group said in a statement posted on the Internet, as quoted by AFP.

According to its account, one of its fighters "drove a bus loaded with 2.5 tons of explosives" towards a group of "shabiha," or pro-regime militiamen, as they gathered outside the factory to receive their pay, and blew himself up.

Al-Nusra said the attack was "in revenge for the Muslim children of the Sunni community who suffered from the crimes of the Alawites and their collaborators."

he majority of Syria's rebels -- like the population -- are Sunni Muslim, while President Bashar al-Assad belongs to the minority Alawite community.

Al-Nusra, listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, has claimed responsibility for the majority of suicide attacks in Syria's continually deteriorating conflict, which the UN says has left some 70,000 people dead in two years.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 60 people were killed in the factory attack. All the victims were civilian workers at the factory that produced army uniforms, it said, according to the news agency's report,