World Middle East 22 Feb 2016 76 killed in bomb bl ...

76 killed in bomb blasts in Syria’s Homs, Damascus

PTI
Published Feb 22, 2016, 1:08 am IST
Updated Feb 22, 2016, 1:16 am IST
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said most of those killed appeared to be civilians.
Syrian citizens gather at the scene where two bombs exploded in the pro-government neighborhood of Zahraa, in Homs province, Syria, on Sunday. (Photo:PTI)
 Syrian citizens gather at the scene where two bombs exploded in the pro-government neighborhood of Zahraa, in Homs province, Syria, on Sunday. (Photo:PTI)

Beirut: At least 76 people were killed and dozens injured on Sunday in car bomb attack in the central Syrian city of Homs and capital Damascus, a monitor said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said most of those killed appeared to be civilians, adding that the toll could rise further because of the number of seriously wounded.

 

Syrian state television gave a toll of at least 25 dead, citing Homs provincial governor Talal Barazi.

It broadcast footage from the scene of the attack in the Al-Zahraa neighbourhood, showing the air thick with dust and smoke rising from blazes started by the blasts.

Firefighters ran through debris strewn by the explosions as security forces and civilians tried to prise open the wreckage of one vehicle to retrieve a person inside.

The bombings appeared to have caused extensive damage, ripping the fronts off shops surrounding the site and mangling cars and minibuses.

 

The attacks were some of the deadliest to hit the city, which has been regularly targeted in blasts, including a devastating attack at a school in October 2014 that killed 48 children and four adults. In Al-Zahraa last month, at least 22 people were killed in a suicide bombing.

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