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Damascus bombs kill police, civilians

- March 17, 2012 - Updated 1230 PKT - From Web Edition

DAMASCUS: Twin bombings hit security buildings in the Syrian capital early on Saturday killing several police and civilians, state television said, amid fears Al-Qaeda is trying to exploit the anti-regime revolt.


"Two terrorist bombings struck Damascus this morning," the television said, adding that preliminary reports suggested the bombers had blown up vehicles packed with explosives.


It said the attacks targeted the criminal police headquarters and an office of Syria's intelligence services, killing several police and civilians, but it did not give immediate numbers.


The blasts hit on Baghdad Boulevard in Al-Qasaa district and in the Duwar al-Jamarek area.


"According to our initial information, they were car bombs," the television said.


The state broadcaster showed gruesome pictures of a smoking vehicle in Duwar al-Jamarek.


"First pictures of the body of one of the terrorists who targeted Damascus today in Duwar al-Jamarek," a message running on the screen said.


The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said earlier that two powerful explosions targeted security service buildings in the capital.


A spate of bombings have hit Syria's big cities in recent months amid growing concerns that Al-Qaeda has taken advantage of a year-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad to shift its focus of operations from neighbouring Iraq. (AFP)

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