Twin car bombs in Damascus kill at least 34

Explosions hit eastern district of the Syrian capital, home to Druse minority and displaced Christians.

Damascus car bomb 370 (photo credit: REUTERS)
Damascus car bomb 370
(photo credit: REUTERS)
BEIRUT - Two car bombs killed at least 34 people in a district of the Syrian capital Damascus that is loyal to President Bashar Assad, state television said, quoting a source at the Interior Ministry.
It said 10 bags containing the remains of unidentified victims had also been collected. Eighty-three people were seriously wounded, it said.
The car bombs exploded shortly after 6.40 a.m. (0440 GMT) in the eastern district of Jaramana, home to many of Syria's Druse minority as well as Christians who have fled violence elsewhere.
State news agency SANA described the blasts as "terrorist bombings," a label it reserves for the mainly Sunni Muslim rebel fighters who have been battling to overthrow Assad, a member of Syria's Alawite minority which is linked to Shi'ite Islam.
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SANA said the car bombs caused serious damage as well as deaths and injuries. Two smaller bombs also exploded in Jaramana at around the same time.
Addounia television broadcast footage of firefighters hosing down the blackened hulks of two vehicles. Debris from neighboring buildings had also crushed several other cars.