More than 40 killed in Syria blasts

2012-05-10 11:05

Damascus - More than 40 people were killed and 170 wounded in two powerful blasts that rocked the Syrian capital during the morning rush hour on Thursday, state television reported.

The blasts struck in front of a nine-storey security building, the facade of which was destroyed along with nearby residential buildings, an AFP correspondent reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group based in Britain, for its part said the death toll stood at about 50.

"Initial reports show that around 50 people, including civilians and members of the security forces, have been killed," the watchdog said.