Dozens martyred in Terrorist explosions near al-Sayyeda Zainab(as)
By: Kazem Raza
DAMASCUS, Syria: At least 60 people were killed and 110 others were
injured in three terrorist bombings that rocked al-Sayyeda Zainab (sa)
town in Damascus countryside on Sunday. The attacks, which hit in
Koua Soudan area, were caused by a car bomb and two explosive belts,
according to an Interior Ministry source.
Terrorists detonated the car bomb at the bus station in Koua Soudan
area, and after people gathered to help the injured, two suicide
bombers with explosive belts blew themselves up at the site.
Massive material damage was caused due to the three bombings, added
the source, noting that some of the injured are in critical
Syrian state news agency SANA, quoting an interior ministry source,
said a group of militants had detonated a car bomb near a public
transport garage in the neighborhood's Koua Sudan area.
Two suicide bombers then blew themselves up nearby as people were
being rescued. The authorities put the dead at 45 people.
"Bodies were still being pulled from the wreckage," a witness told
state news channel Ikhbariyah.
The heavily populated area in the south of the city is a site of
pilgrimage from all parts of the Muslim world.
Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halaki was quoted as saying the
attacks were prompted by "terror groups" who sought to "raise their
morale after a string of defeats" by the army.
The explosions occurred as representatives of Syria's government and
its divided opposition began convening in Geneva for the first
U.N.-mediated peace talks in two years.
Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari, head of the government delegation
at Geneva, said the blasts in Damascus just confirmed the link
between what the government says are a Saudi-led and funded
"opposition" and terrorism.
State television showed footage of burning buildings and wrecked
cars in the neighborhood.
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