Several dead in Damascus blasts

Published March 17th, 2012 - 08:25 GMT
Car blasts
Car blasts

Several civilians and members of the security forces were killed in the bombing attacks which occurred early Saturday in Damascus, Syrian state television announced.

The state television also said the two attacks had targeted the headquarters of the police and criminal information center and another security office.

One of the explosions took place between the street of Baghdad and the Al-Qasaa district, while the second occurred in the district of Al-Douar Jamarik (customs area), reported state television. The TV station also claimed that "according to initial reports the blasts were caused by car bombs."

The London-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights has in turn said in a statement that several members of the security forces were killed and others injured in the blasts targeting security centers.

A series of attacks have taken place in Syria since the outbreak of a popular revolt against the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad on March 15, 2011.

On March 3, two civilians were killed and 20 wounded in a suicide bombing in the city of Deraa, cradle of the protest in the south, reported the official SANA news agency. On 6 January, a bomb struck the center of Damascus leaving dozens dead and wounded, two weeks after a similar attack blamed by the authorities on Al-Qaeda and the opposition. On the 10th of February, two suicide car bomb rocked Aleppo, the second largest city in Syria, killing 28 people and injuring 235.

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