Suicide blast kills at least 16 Syrian security personnel

October 19, 2013 12:39

At least 16 members of Syria's security forces were killed by a suicide vehicle bomber and ensuing clashes with rebels at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Damascus on Friday, an opposition monitoring group said.

Syrian state television reported the blast but did not specify a death toll, saying only that several people had been killed or wounded in a "terrorist bombing".

The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian fighter jets retaliated by striking nearby opposition-held areas, where clashes erupted after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a vehicle at an army checkpoint near Jaramana, a suburb of the capital.

More than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria's 2-1/2-year-old conflict, which began with popular protests against President Bashar Assad before degenerating into civil war.

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