At least eight people, including three women and a teen, have been killed in a car bomb blast in the Syrian province of Homs.
The incident took place on Saturday after a car loaded with explosives detonated in Al-Adawiya neighborhood, Syrian media said. Several people were reportedly injured in the blast. The incident came as the Syrian army took control of the last militant bastion near the strategic town of Qusayr in Homs province. Earlier in the day, the Syrian troops restored security in the village of Eastern Bweida. On Friday, the government forces managed to retake control of several villages near Qusayr. The army also pushed foreign-backed militants out of the central villages of Salhiyeh and Masoudiyeh, north of Qusayr. Scores of militants are reported to have been killed in the clashes. Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011 and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence. The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting the militants.