DAMASCUS, June 2 (Xinhua) -- At least 10 people were killed and many others wounded on Monday, when a tractor dragging an explosive-packed water tank exploded in the countryside of the central province of Homs, according to the official SANA news agency.
The explosion rocked the town of Haraqi in the al-Makhram area, east of Homs, said the report, adding that the explosion has also left huge property losses, according to SANA.
Meanwhile, the activists Local Coordination Committees said the rebel fighters downed a Syrian war jet near the military base of Shuairat in the countryside of Homs, capturing the pilot fighter alive.
Homs, Syria's third largest city, was one of the first areas to sympathize with an anti-government movement in Syria. The rebels there took considerable swathes of land, but government troops have stripped them of their territory over the past year.