Two killed as triple at­tacks hit cen­tre of Syr­ian cap­i­tal

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DAMASCUS: Three bombers blew them­selves up near the main po­lice head­quar­ters build­ing in Syria’s cap­i­tal Damascus on Wed­nes­day, killing at least two peo­ple, the in­te­rior min­istry said.

The at­tack is the sec­ond time in a month that sui­cide at­tack­ers have tar­geted the cap­i­tal, which has of­ten been in­su­lated from the worst of the vi­o­lence in the war-torn coun­try.

Two of the bombers det­o­nated their ex­plo­sives in front of the po­lice HQ on Khaled Bin al Walid street in cen­tral Damascus, the in­te­rior min­istry said in a state­ment car­ried by state me­dia.

“The ter­ror­ist at­tack­ers tried to storm the po­lice com­mand head­quar­ters... The guards opened fire on them, forc­ing them to blow them­selves up be­fore they en­tered the build­ing and achieved their goals,” it added.

Po­lice sur­rounded a third at­tacker be­hind the build­ing who also blew him­self up, the state­ment said.

The in­te­rior min­istry said two peo­ple had been killed and six wounded in the at­tack, among them two chil­dren.

Damascus po­lice chief Mo­hammed Khairu Is­mail told re­porters at the scene of the at­tack that one of the dead was a po­lice­man who tried to stop the bombers.

“One of our forces grabbed one of the bombers and pre­vented him from en­ter­ing the build­ing, so he blew him­self up, killing the sergeant,” Is­mail said.

— AFP

Syr­ian se­cu­rity forces stand guard out­side the main en­trance to the po­lice head­quar­ters in cap­i­tal Damascus on Wed­nes­day.

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