Bomb­ings kill dozens near shrines in cap­i­tal

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

A dou­ble bomb at­tack tar­get­ing Shi­ite pil­grims in the Syr­ian cap­i­tal, Da­m­as­cus, killed at least 40 Iraqis and wounded 120 more, the Iraqi For­eign Min­istry said.

There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity for Satur­day’s at­tack, which the Hezbol­lah-run al-Ma­nar TV sta­tion said was car­ried out by two sui­cide bombers.

Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar alAs­sad has been sup­ported in the coun­try’s war by Shi­ite mili­tias from coun­tries in­clud­ing Iraq, Afghanistan and Le­banon.

The at­tack took place at a bus sta­tion where the pil­grims had been brought to visit the nearby Bab al-Saghir ceme­tery after vis­it­ing the Shi­ite Sayeda Zeinab shrine just out­side Da­m­as­cus, the TV sta­tion re­ported.

The sec­ond blast went off 10 min­utes after the first, in­flict­ing ca­su­al­ties on civilde­fense work­ers who had gath­ered to tend to the ca­su­al­ties, an al-Ma­nar re­porter said.

The Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights, a Bri­tain-based or­ga­ni­za­tion that re­ports on the war, said the num­ber of dead was at least 44.

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