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Air strike on Syrian jail run by al Qaida group kills at least 39 people

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An air strike hit a courthouse and jail in the north-western town of Maaret al-Numan

An air strike hit a courthouse and jail in the north-western town of Maaret al-Numan

An air strike hit a courthouse and jail in the north-western town of Maaret al-Numan

An air strike on a prison run by al Qaida's affiliate in Syria has killed at least 39 people, according to activists.

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 north-western town of Maaret al-Numan.

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

The Local Co-ordination Committees, another activist group, said the air strike killed 51.

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