Car bombs kill at least 22 in northern Syria

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DAMASCUS, Syria — Suicide bombers driving vehicles packed with explosives blew themselves up near security targets today in northern Syria, killing at least 22 people, state-run media and activists said.

The near simultaneous attacks in the city of Idlib brought the carnage of Syria’s civil war to a second major urban center in northern government-held areas in as many days. Massive blasts devastated the main university in the commercial hub of Aleppo a day earlier, killing 87 people.

The Syrian army stepped up its operations against rebels in the north following the attacks.

Meanwhile, Syria’s Ministry of Higher Education suspended university classes and exams nationwide a day after massive blasts that rocked Aleppo University, setting cars alight and blowing the walls off dormitory rooms. It remains unclear what caused the explosions, which hit the campus as students took exams.

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