At least four people were killed on Saturday when a car bomb exploded in the western Syrian town of Qardaha, the ancestral town of President Bashar al-Assad, state media said. It was the first explosion to target Qardaha, in Latakia province, in nearly four year of civil war. The bomb went off in a hospital car park. Armed groups fighting government forces regard Qardaha, a town of 5,000 nestled in pine-clad hilltops overlooking the coastal city of Latakia, as a top prize. They have launched several offensives in the past few years with an objective of reaching Qardaha, Assad’s stronghold and burial place of his late father Hafez.