Update: At least 25 dead in Damascus bombing on sixth anniversary of Syrian conflict
Syrian security forces cordon off the area following a reported suicide bombing at the old palace of justice building in Damascus on March 15, 2017. (AFP/Stringer)
Six years to the day since the start of Syria’s conflict, state media said on Wednesday that a suicide attacker had killed at least 25 people at the main court complex in Damascus.
The city’s police chief is quoted as saying the bomber set off his explosive device as police tried to search him and stop him from entering the building. Dozens are reported injured.
Less than two hours later, a second attack hit the Syrian capital, in an area to the west of the Palace of Justice. The number of casualties in this blast is not yet known.
On Saturday, scores of people, most of them Iraqi Shia pilgrims, were killed in a double suicide attack in the Syrian capital, claimed by an alliance of extremist groups.