Twin blasts kill 27, injure over 100 in Syrian capital
Twin bombings killed 27 people and wounded hundreds others in the Damascus on Saturday, state TV said, as peace envoy Kofi Annan geared up for a monitoring mission to end the year-long bloodshed.world Updated: Mar 17, 2012 22:14 IST
Twin bombings killed 27 people and wounded hundreds others in the Damascus on Saturday, state TV said, as peace envoy Kofi Annan geared up for a monitoring mission to end the year-long bloodshed.
“Two terrorist bombings struck Damascus this morning,” the television said, adding that initial reports suggested the bombers had blown up vehicles packed with explosives.
The attacks targeted the criminal police headquarters and an office of Syria’s intelligence services, killing several police and civilians, it said without giving figures.
The state broadcaster showed gruesome pictures of a charred body inside the mangled remains of a smoking vehicle in Duwar al-Jamarek.
Images broadcast on television showed a bus splattered with blood and more blood stains on the road, while ambulances could be seen in the background.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said earlier that two powerful explosions targeted security service buildings in the capital.
A spate of bombings have hit Syria’s big cities amid concerns that Al-Qaeda has taken advantage of the revolt against President Bashar Assad to shift its focus of operations from neighbouring Iraq.
On Friday, UN-Arab League envoy Annan warned of a regional “escalation” of the crisis in Syria and urged the UN Security Council to close ranks to put pressure on Assad.
First Published: Mar 17, 2012 18:22 IST