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Author Topic: Twin bombing kills at least 40 in Damascus' Old City  (Read 216 times)

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Twin bombing kills at least 40 in Damascus' Old City
« on: Mar 12, 2017    05:50:02 AM »
A double bomb attack in the Old City of Damascus on Saturday killed dozens of people - mostly Iraqi Shia pilgrims - and wounded more than 100, in one of the bloodiest bombings to hit the Syrian capital.

Syrian State TV aired footage from the scene showing blood-soaked streets and several damaged buses in a car park, apparently where the explosions went off near the Bab al-Saghir cemetery.

The cemetery is one of the capital's oldest and is where several prominent religious figures are buried.

Following a visit to local hospitals, Interior Minister Mohammed al-Shaar put the death toll at 40 people. He also said a further 120 people were wounded in the attack, which targeted civilians, including Arab visitors, who were frequenting the area's shrines.

Shaar did not elaborate, but Iraqi Shia often visit shrines in Syria. Iranians and other Shia from Asia are often also among the pilgrims to the area.

Iraqi state TV said at least 40 Iraqi citizens had been killed in the twin blasts.

"Preliminary statistics indicate the fall of around 40 Iraqi martyrs and 120 wounded," Iraqi foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Jamal said in a statement, terming it a "criminal terrorist operation".