UN chief believes al Qaeda behind Syria car bombs

May 18, 2012 02:06

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday he believed al-Qaida was responsible for two suicide car bombs that killed at least 55 people in Syria a week ago and that the death toll in the country's 14-month conflict was now at least 10,000.

"A few days ago there was a huge, serious, massive terrorist attack. I believe that there must be al-Qaida behind it. This has created again very serious problems," Ban told a youth event at UN headquarters in New York.

Two suicide car bombers killed 55 people and wounded 372 in Damascus last Thursday, state media said, the deadliest attacks in the Syrian capital since an uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011.

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