The Oklahoman

14 killed in bombing of bus in Damascus

- Albert Aji and Bassem Mroue

DAMASCUS, Syria – Two bombs attached to a bus carrying Syrian troops exploded in Damascus during the morning rush hour Wednesday, a military official said. Fourteen people were killed in the attack, one of the deadliest in the capital in years.

While the Syrian government’s decadelong conflict with insurgents continues in parts of the country including the rebel-held northwest, bombings in Damascus have become rare since President Bashar Assad’s troops pushed opposition fighters from the capital’s suburbs in 2018.

The explosions, which also left several wounded, happened at a busy intersecti­on, near a main bus transfer point where commuters and schoolchil­dren typically converge.

No one immediatel­y claimed responsibi­lity for the attack, but several insurgent and jihadist groups that seek to overthrow Assad are active in Syria.

Separately, rescue workers reported 10 people were killed, including four children and a woman, in government shelling of a town in the last rebel enclave in the country’s northwest. The U.N. Deputy Regional Humanitari­an Coordinato­r Mark Cutts described as “shocking” the reports of the shelling that hit a market and roads near schools as students were heading to classes.

In addition to the four children killed, their teacher also died, according to UNICEF, the United Nations’ children’s agency.

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