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Airstrike on north Syria jail run by Al Qaeda kills 39

Cemetery

A Syrian boy looks over a cemetery in the rebel-controlled area of Arbeen on the outskirts of  Damascus.

(Abdulmonam Eassa / AFP/Getty Images)

Activists are reporting that an airstrike on a prison run by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria has killed at least 39.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 39 people were killed, including many fighters from the Nusra Front as well as detainees in the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan.

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The Local Coordination Committees, another activist group, said the airstrike killed 51.

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Conflicting figures are common in the aftermath of airstrikes in Syria.

The Observatory said the warplanes fired four missiles that hit the Islamic court that includes a jail as well as a nearby road linking the court with a market.

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