Deadly blast hits Syrian city

2012-05-19 12:14
Damascus - A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car outside security headquarters in Syria's biggest eastern city on Saturday, killing seven people and injuring 100, the government said.

The attack, the first of its kind in Deir Ezzor since an anti-regime uprising broke out in Syria in March last year, came as world powers discussed ways to end the relentless bloodshed.

"A car bomb exploded in the Ghazi Ayyash neighbourhood of Deir Ezzor," said state television, adding the attack was carried out by a "terrorist suicide bomber."

Foreign ministry spokesperson Jihad Makdisi said on Twitter that there were seven "martyrs" and 100 injured in a "suicide explosion," which involved 500 kilos of explosives.

However, state news agency Sana spoke of a "booby-trapped car."

The explosion went off on a road housing a military and air force intelligence headquarters, and a military hospital, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Images broadcast on state television showed a large bloodstain on the ground, a damaged building and vehicles charred by the blast, as well as smoke rising from the targeted district.

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