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Syria: Two Massive Explosions rock Damascus on Thursday morning

(Omar al-Shaar | Dp-news)

DAMASCUS- Two massive explosions rocked the Syrian capital Damascus early on Thursday around 08:00 a.m. sending plumes of smoke billowing into the sky.

Syria`s FM Spokesman Jihad Makdissi sent at his Twitter account “Today's Terrorist attack might be the strongest and bloodiest.”

 

Press reports said earlier that two strong explosions have shaken the Syrian capital Damascus. Reports added “The nature of the Thursday morning blasts was not immediately clear. Thick black smoke could be seen at a distance on the east side of the capital.”

 

Unconfirmed reports say that the two explosions targeted two Security Forces buildings in the capital Damascus.

 

Syrian TV reported "Terrorist explosions took place in the Kezaz area in the central of Damascus”

State-run Syrian TV reported two explosions in Damascus and said that “Terrorist explosions took place at just as Syrians were heading for their school and jobs”, but gave no further details.

The Syrian Government blamed "terrorists" and said dozens were killed and wounded.




There was no immediate information on casualties but the residents told Reuters security forces had cordoned off the Tadamun neighborhood of the city and they could hear ambulance sirens.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene said medical workers were collecting human remains from the streets after the explosions, and there were smoldering cars and pickup trucks in the area. The outer wall of a military intelligence building collapsed, although the structure inside appeared intact.

Later, Syria TV aired footage from the site and filmed damages and disaster at the place. Syria TV said “Dozens have been killed and wounded in the Damascus bombings.

Gunfire along with ambulance could be heard clearly at this footage.

In turn, Syria state-run news agency reports “Two terrorist explosions hit Damascus near al-Qazaz intersection at the southern ring-road.”


The explosions took place at a densely populated area as they coincided with the employees and the students are going to their jobs and schools, SANA added.



There was no claim of responsibility for Thursday's blasts. But an Al Qaeda-inspired group has claimed responsibility for several past explosions, raising fears that terrorist groups are entering the fray and exploiting the chaos.

 

The U.N said weeks ago that more than 9,000 people had been killed. Hundreds more have died since.


Central Damascus is tightly under the control of official forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad but has been struck by several bomb attacks, often targeting security installations or convoys.

 

Damascus has been the target of a number of bombs in past months as President Bashar al-Assad`s regime is faced with a revolt against his regime which his forces are attempting to crush.

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