Twin car bombs kill 20 in Syria
Syrian rescue workers carry the body of a man following a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on October 1, 2014. [AFP]
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Two car bomb explosions in Syria's Homs have claimed the lives of at least 18 people, mostly children, while leaving 40 others wounded.
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the blasts reportedly took place in the Akrameh neighborhood of the city of Homs, on Wednesday.
"Two terrorist explosions near the Akrameh al-Makhzumi school and the Zaim hospital caused deaths and injuries," Syrian state television said.
The London-based so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also confirmed the same death toll, adding that the number was likely to rise as body parts are still being collected and several of the wounded are in serious condition.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blasts, the deadliest attacks to target the government-controlled area in months.
The district came under attack back in June, leaving six people dead.
The incident emerges as the Syrian army has been making gains in its fight against ISIL Takfiri militants operating in the country.
Most of the city of Homs, except its Waar district, has returned to the government's control.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. The Western powers and their regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey - are reportedly supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
Foreign-backed militant groups have inflicted major humanitarian and material damage on Syria in over three years of turmoil in the country during which more than 191,000 people have been killed and millions displaced.