Syrian state-run TV: Car bombs in 2 central villages kill 18 people, including children

Syrian state-run television says separate car bombings in two villages in the central province of Hama have killed 18 people, including 11 children.

The TV says the attacks took place Friday in Jabreen and Humayri villages, which are under government control. It didn't provide more details.

Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the group's activists counted at least 15 dead from the blasts. Conflicting death tolls are common after large bombings.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombings, but al-Qaida- affiliated rebels of the Nusra Front have claimed responsibility for several car bombings in recent weeks.

Rights groups have condemned both President Bashar Assad's government and the rebels fighting to oust him for using weapons and attacks that overwhelmingly kill civilians.