Syria buries victims of contested bombing

By REUTERS
January 7, 2012 17:06

 
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BEIRUT - Crowds waving Syrian flags and pictures of President Bashar Assad gathered on Saturday to bury 26 people who the authorities said were killed by a suicide bomber at a busy Damascus crossroads.

The opposition Syrian National Council has accused the government of staging Friday's explosion to try to bolster its contention that it is fighting foreign-backed "terrorists", not a popular pro-democracy movement.

A cortege of ambulances, lights flashing, bore the flag-draped coffins of victims to a Damascus mosque after driving through streets lined with mourners, state television showed.

Crowds chanted "The people want Bashar Assad!" and "One, one, one, the Syrian people are one!".

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