Mosque blast toll wors­ens

Sunday Territorian - - WORLD -

THE toll from a car bomb ex­plo­sion at a mosque in Suq Wadi Barada near Damascus has soared to at least 40, in­clud­ing seven chil­dren, said the Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights.

The Syr­ian Gov­ern­ment and the op­po­si­tion ex­changed blame for the car­nage in the town.

Suq Wadi Barada is un­der rebel con­trol and ringed by troops loyal to the regime of Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad.

‘‘The toll from a car bomb ex­plo­sion that det­o­nated af­ter Fri­day prayers in Suq Wadi Barada has risen to 40, in­clud­ing seven chil­dren and a woman,’’ said the Lon­don-based Ob­ser­va­tory.

‘‘The num­ber of dead is likely to rise be­cause there are dozens of wounded, most of them in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.’’

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