Huge car bomb explodes in central Damascus: at least 15 killed
Damascus is rocked by a huge car bomb, which was followed by intense gunfire (AFP/ Louai Beshara)
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A car bomb exploded in central Damascus on Monday killing at least 15 people, Reuters reported.
The blast took place close to the Syrian Central Bank, near Sabaa Bahrat Square and was described by Syrian state television as a terrorist suicide attack.
A thick cloud of black smoke rose from the scene of the attack as crews of ambulances rushed to the scene.
Car bombs have become increasingly common in the Syrian capital, the last such attack took place on February 21, when an explosion near the Baath party HQ killed 53 people and wounded a further 200, according to state media.
At least 70,000 people have been killed since the Syrian uprising began in March 2011.