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Deadly blast hits Damascus bus: reports

world Updated: Dec 03, 2009 15:32 IST
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A massive blast ripped through a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims in the Syrian capital on Thursday, killing and wounding up to a dozen people, television stations reported.

The explosion happened in the Sayyida Zeinab quarter of Damascus, which features a Shiite shrine frequented by Iranians, according to Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya television networks.

Iran's state television reporter in Damascus said the bus exploded while it was refuelling, about 500 metres (yards) from the shrine.

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