Bombings kill dozens near shrines in capital
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.