Al-Qaeda-linked group claims deadly Damascus attack

2017-03-12 19:35
Experts  examine a damaged bus at the scene of a bombing in Damascus. (Louai Beshara, AFP)

Experts examine a damaged bus at the scene of a bombing in Damascus. (Louai Beshara, AFP)

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Beirut - An al-Qaeda-linked group has claimed responsibility for twin blasts near holy shrines frequented by Shi'ites in the Syrian capital Damascus that killed more than 70 people.

The Levant Liberation Committee said in a statement on Sunday that the attack was carried by two of its suicide bombers, claiming that they targeted pro-Iranian and pro-government militiamen.

Saturday's attack also wounded over a hundred, most of them Iraqis, according to Syrian and Iraqi officials. The al-Qaeda-linked group said the blasts were a message to Iran - a main backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The attacks came two weeks after members of the same group stormed two different security offices in the central city of Homs, killing and wounding scores of people, including a top Syrian security official.

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