BEIRUT - Thirty one Syrian soldiers were killed on Sunday in bomb attack at a government building in a town on the outskirts of the capital, a monitoring group that documents Syrian battlefield developments said.
Rami Abdelrahman, head of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the building in Harasta was completely leveled by the explosion.
"Only the night staff were on duty when the explosion occurred. If the bomb had gone off an hour before, there could have been up to 200 dead," he said by the telephone.
He said others were wounded but the death toll was unlikely to rise.