Damascus suicide bomber kills 25, wounds 46

25 killed in "terrorist explosion" in central Maidan district of Damascus, according to television reports.

January 6, 2012 13:58
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A bus damaged in a Syrian suicide bombing.

Bus damage in Syrian suicide bombing 311. (photo credit: REUTERS/SYRIAN TV )

BEIRUT - A suicide bomber in Syria's capital Damascus killed 25 people and wounded 46 others, local news station Addounia said.

"In Damascus there are 25 martyrs, 15 of the bodies were in pieces, and more than 46 people were wounded, most of them civilians" it said.

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The bomber blew himself up at a traffic light, according to state television. Footage broadcast by Syria Television also showed the shattered blood splattered windows of what appeared to be a police bus.

"There is more security in Maidan than usual because it is Friday and there are lots of military and security checkpoints. We do not know what was targeted yet," said the resident, a private sector employee who declined to be named.

Another resident said: "I didn't hear anything, but a lot of streets are closed and everyone is really nervous."

Some opposition activists said the blast had targeted a police station, others said it was an intelligence building.

At least 44 people were killed last month by what the Syrian authorities said were two suicide bombings against security buildings in the Syrian capital.

Syria has been racked for 10 months by an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in which the United Nations says more than 5,000 people have been killed. The government says armed "terrorists" have killed 2,000 members of the security forces.

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