Militants attack bus in central Syria, killing nine

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (AP) — Militants ambushed buses travelling down a highway in central Syria late Sunday, killing nine people, including a 13-year-old girl, state media reported.

The ambush is the second this week to target buses travelling between government-controlled areas and to be blamed on suspected extremist militants.

Another attack last Wednesday killed nearly 30 people, most of them soldiers returning home for the holidays. The militants were believed to be behind that attack.

The extremist militants have been active in the desert area south and central Syria despite losing territorial control in the country since last year.

Local officials said the militants were believed to be behind the Sunday attack, which also targetted oil trucks, but they offered no details on how it was carried out.