At least 40 people were killed and 90 injured in three car bomb attacks that rocked Wednesday the center of Aleppo, Syria's second city, local officials said. "The death toll could rise because there are many serious injuries," an official at the city said. First, two car bombs exploded in one-minute interval in two streets near officers club overlooking the famous Saadallah al-Jabiri square in the heart of Aleppo, a military source told AFP.
A third car bomb exploded 150 meters from Bab Jnein at the entrance of the old town. At least three soldiers have died there, according to a military source.
The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) has reported "dozens of dead and injured" in the explosions, mostly soldiers.
The official al-Ikhbariya television showed at least two buildings totally destroyed and bloodied bodies covered with dust and debris removed. "There are still people alive under the rubble," a man was screaming.
Following the blasts, in Damascus, many checkpoints have been set up at the entrances of the city.