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Syria blames 'terrorists' as dozens killed in Damascus blasts

Thursday, 10 May 2012

*Dozens of people have been killed or wounded in the Syrian capital Damascus in two strong explosions blamed by the Bashar al-Assad regime on 'terrorists'.*

Burning cars are seen at the site of twin blasts in Damascus (Picture: AFP/Getty)

State TV showed blood and human remains next to burnt out cars and a massive crater close to a military intelligence building in the Qazaz neighbourhood of the city.

The apparently linked blasts took place early in the morning as employees arrived for work, sending plumes of thick black smoke into the sky.

Damascus is under the tight control of forces loyal to President al-Assad, but bomb attacks targeting security installations or convoys still take place.

People try to remove a car from the explosion site (Picture: Reuters)

The last such attack, on April 27, saw a suicide bomber strike the security forces, killing nine and wounding 26.

The Syrian conflict began in March 2011 when the government responded to popular pro-democracy protests with tanks, troops, snipers and militiamen.

Opposition supporters subsequently took up arms and many soldiers switched sides, with 9,000 people killed in the last 15 months according to the United Nations.

The UN currently has an observer team in the country but its presence has been unable to enforce a ceasefire amid further bloodshed.
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