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Deadly blast on military bus in Damascus, 13 killed

October 20, 2021
The bus was hit as it passed under a bridge in central Damascus.
The bus was hit as it passed under a bridge in central Damascus.

DAMASCUS — At least 13 people have been killed after a military bus was hit by two explosions in central Damascus, BBC reported quoting Syrian state media.

A local television station said two explosive devices went off as the bus was on the Hafez Al Assad bridge, and a third device has been defused by an army engineering unit.

At least three other people have been wounded, in what officials have called a "terrorist" blast, the TV channel reported.

Syrian state TV showed footage of the charred bus and said the blasts occurred during rush hour when people were heading to work and school.

In photos posted on the channel's Telegram account, rescue workers could be seen removing body parts from the cabin of the bus.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred at a main bus transfer point, where vehicles converge and head out to different neighbourhoods of the capital.

Such attacks in Damascus have been rare in recent years after government forces captured suburbs that were once held by insurgents.

The attack happened shortly after dawn as the bus headed under the bridge, Sana news agency said. — Agencies


October 20, 2021
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