Air strike kills at least 39 in al-Qaeda: Syria

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Activists are reporting that an airstrike on a prison run by al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria of the country has killed at least 39. Around 70 per cent of the 5,000 air strikes reportedly carried out by Russia since they launched their offensive in September last year have hit Isis controlled targets, an US official told reporters.

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.

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

Conflicting figures are common in the aftermath of airstrikes in Syria.Human rights groups and aid agencies have also accused Russia of killing civilians in markets and residential areas during its "imprecised" campaigns - this is a charge Russia has denied. 

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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