Syria- A car bomb has exploded in Syria's second city, Aleppo, with the explosion coming a day after two blasts rocked the country's capital, according to the Syrian al-Ikhbariya television channel.
Syria state-run news agency SANA reported Sunday "A terrorist bombing hit a residential area in al-Sulaymaniyah district, Aleppo province, causing a number of deaths and injuries."
Opposition sources told press abroad "the blast had hit an area close to a security office. People in the area had been killed and injured, but gave no estimate of the number of casualties."
The state Syria TV news channel said a "terrorist" explosion had happened between two residential buildings in the al-Suleimaniya district of Aleppo, behind a post office building.
In the capital Damascus, a huge masses of citizens are participating in the official funeral ceremonies for the bodies of the martyrs who fell in Damascus terrorist blasts which took place on Saturday.
“Two terrorist attacks targeted Damascus Saturday morning as preliminary indications point to 2 booby-trapped cars attack.” Syria`s media reported early on Saturday.
Syrian television reported that cars packed with explosives had targeted an intelligence center and a police headquarters at 7:30 am (05:30 GMT), blowing the front off one building and sending debris and shattered glass flying through the streets.
Syria state-run news agency SANA reported “The two terrorist attacks targeted two crowded places in the capital: Customs Square, and the zone linking Baghdad Street to al-Qasaa' Quarter.”
Gruesome images from the sites showed what appeared to be shouldering bodies in two separate vehicles; a wrecked minivan smeared with blood, and severed limbs collected in sacks.
“Scores of civilians and security personnel were martyred in the two terrorist attacks.” SANA added.
Syrian TV blamed on "terrorists" seeking to oust President Bashar Al Assad.
At least 27 people were killed and 97 were wounded, another television channel said, quoting Health Minister Wael Al Halki.
No one claimed responsibility for the coordinated detonations, which echoed similar attacks that have struck Aleppo on Sunday, nor Damascus ones.
Press reports said that the two explosions came just few days after the first anniversary of the uprising, in which more than 8,000 people have been killed and about 230,000 forced to flee their homes, according to United Nations figures.
They also coincided with a joint mission by the Syrian government, the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation that was due to start assessing humanitarian needs in towns across Syria which have suffered from months of unrest, according to the same press reports.
One source involved in the mission said team members were still gathering in Syria and it was not immediately clear if they would begin their work this weekend as previously planned.
SANA report on Saturday re-mentioned earlier explosions in Syria and said “Damascus was targeted on 23/12/ 2011 by two terrorist explosions carried out by two suicide bombers driving two booby-trapped cars. The explosions targeted a state security headquarters and a security branch, claiming the lives of 44 martyrs and the injury of 166 of security personnel and civilians in addition to huge material damages in the surrounding buildings.”
“On January 6th, 2012, the terrorist explosion which was carried out by a suicide bomber at a crowded area near Hasan al-Hakim School at al-Midan Neighborhood in Damascus, claimed the lives of 26 and the injured 63 others of the civilians and the law-enforcement personnel.” SANA added.
SANA report concluded “Aleppo was also targeted on February10th by two terrorist explosions against a military security branch and the headquarters of the law-enforcement forces at al-Arqoub area. The explosions claimed the lives of 28 martyrs and the injury of 235 of the law-enforcement members and civilians.”
Press reports abroad said that "Activists and the government have traded blame for previous explosions."