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Roadside bomb kills 14 in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A roadside bomb blast in northwestern Syria Saturday caused the deaths of at least 14 people and injured 26 others, officials said.

The explosion hit a prison truck carrying detainees, Voice of America reported.

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Among those wounded were a number of security personnel accompanying the prisoners.

The Syrian Arab News Agency reported "armed terrorists" being responsible for the attack. No group has claimed responsibility.

The Arab League is meeting in Cairo Sunday to discuss the future of its observer mission in Syria. The league is expected to extend its 165-person mission in the country and increase its numbers.

Arab League observers in Syria have been trying to confirm that President Bashar Assad's government has stopped using violence to suppress civilians.

Meanwhile, the opposition Syrian National Council has been pressuring the Arab League to seek the United Nations to intervene in Syria.

The United Nations says violence linked to the uprising in Syria has killed more than 5,400 people.

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