GRAPHIC: 40 civilians dead, dozens injured in fuel truck bomb in Afrin, Syria

At least 40 civilians are dead, including women and children, and dozens more injured in a fuel tanker bomb blast in Afrin, Syria, a town controlled by Turkish-backed opposition fighters, according to Turkey’s defence ministry.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Turkey blamed the attack on the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Turkey accuses the YPG of being the Syrian offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged an armed rebellion against Turkey since 1984. The PKK is considered a “terrorist group” by Ankara and many western capitals.

Syrian activists said the blast on Tuesday burned several people to death, including some who were stuck inside their vehicles.