10 die in Damascus police station blast

2012-10-21 15:57

Beirut - A car bomb exploded outside a police station in a Christian quarter of Damascus on Sunday, killing 10 people, monitors said, while a similar attack struck Syria's second city of Aleppo.

"Ten people were killed and 15 others wounded when a car bomb exploded in the Bab Tuma square in front of the police station," in the capital's Old City, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The official news agency Sana said it had been "an explosive device planted under a car in the courtyard of Bab Tuma by an armed terrorist group."

It caused significant damage, state television said.

It was the first such attack in Bab Tuma, one of the oldest quarters of the capital, since an anti-regime revolt broke out in March 2011, costing 34 000 lives nationwide, according to the Observatory.

A large part of Syria's Christian community backs President Bashar al-Assad, fearful of the influence of Islamists in the revolt.

Sana also reported that a number of "terrorists" were killed when a bomb they had planted by a mosque in the Assali district of southern Damascus exploded prematurely.

The Observatory reported fierce clashes between the army and rebels in Assali, and that the bodies of two men were found shot dead in the nearby neighbourhood of Qaboon.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-21 21:16

    A car bombing in Damascus... doesn't sound like a terroristy thing to do at all, does it....? Strange that this so called Obsvertory for Human Rights doesn't include these terrorist attacks in its civilian loss count! The Syrian government should do all it can in its power to cleanse that country of foreign sponsored terrorists.

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-21 21:46

      Exactly Fidel...freedom fighters,oppressed civilians...and of course the terrorists in their midst that take advantage of NATO and the US naivety!Its a three stooges show!!a real classic!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-23 07:36

      Dankie, """Its a three stooges show!!a real classic!!!"""" ??????????????? Grow up, and if you got nothing sensible to say, join the 'anti Julius Malema commentators', that should fill your day with 'real' fun !!!!

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