Car bombs rock Da­m­as­cus, 20 killed

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

DA­M­AS­CUS, Syria — A se­ries of car bomb ex­plo­sions, in­clud­ing a sui­cide at­tacker who blew him­self up af­ter be­ing sur­rounded by se­cu­rity forces, rocked the Syr­ian cap­i­tal on Sun­day, killing at least 20 peo­ple and wound­ing 30 more, state TV re­ported.

State me­dia said se­cu­rity forces in­ter­cepted the two other car bombs, sug­gest­ing they were con­trolled ex­plo­sions.

Footage on state TV from the scene of one ex­plo­sion, along the road to the air­port, showed at least two scorched ve­hi­cles. The closed-off street was lit­tered with de­bris, while se­cu­rity men roamed the area.

Footage from Tahreer Square in cen­tral Da­m­as­cus showed the fa­cade of one build­ing badly dam­aged, and man­gled ve­hi­cles parked in the small round­about.

State TV said se­cu­rity for- ces de­tected two car bombs at an en­trance to the city, and foiled a plot to tar­get crowded ar­eas on first day of work af­ter the long Mus­lim hol­i­day that fol­lows Ra­madan. The state news agency SANA said the se­cu­rity forces det­o­nated two car bombs at the air­port road in­ter­sec­tion.

The Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights, an op­po­si­tion-run mon­i­tor­ing group, also re­ported the three ex­plo­sions. It put the death toll at 18, in­clud­ing the sui­cide bomber.

Such at­tacks have been rel­a­tively rare in Da­m­as­cus, the seat of power for Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad. Pro-govern­ment forces have been fight­ing to drive rebels from Ain Terma, one of their last strongholds on the eastern out­skirts of Da­m­as­cus.

REUTERS

Peo­ple in­spect the site of a car bomb blast in Da­m­as­cus, Syria, on Sun­day.

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