DAMASCUS- Syria`s official media reports that a bomb exploded in a car early on Thursday. The bombed-car was parked near the Imam al-Sadr hospital in the region of Sayyida Zainab near Damascus.
Press reports that a suicide bomber detonated his car packed with explosives in a Damascus suburb on Thursday, wounding 10 people and damaging one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines.
Syria`s state-run news agency SANA said “Fourteen people were injured Thursday morning when a booby-trapped car exploded at a garage for buses and cars near Imam al-Sadr Hospital in al- Sayyida Zainab near Damascus. “
“A source at Damascus Countryside Police Department stated that a suicide bomber was driving the booby-trapped car who blew himself up in an open garage injuring 14 persons and causing great material damage at and nearby the place of the explosion.” according to SANA.
Press quoted witnesses on the scene as saying “Bomber detonated his van in a parking lot about 50 meters (yards) from the shrine. Guards tried to stop him from getting into the area but he pushed through, they said, setting the explosives off inside the lot. The blast shattered the shrine's windows and knocked down chandeliers and electric ceiling fans and caused cracks in some of its mosaic walls.”
“Six tourist buses and more than 30 cars and a small police bus also were damaged.” Press reports indicated later on Thursday.
The Sayyida Zainab site is popular with Iranian and other Shiite pilgrims and tourists.
The golden-domed Sayyida Zainab shrine attracts tens of thousands of Shiite pilgrims from around the world every year that come to visit the tomb, which is believed to house the remains of the granddaughter of Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
Press reports explained that it was not immediately clear whether the shrine was the intended target. The site of the blast is only 15 meters (yards) from a police station, which may have been the target. Several bombings in the past few months have targeted security buildings and police buses.
Car bombs and suicide bombings have become common in Syria as the 16-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad becomes increasingly militarized.
The UN estimates that more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria and tens of thousands displaced as they were exaggerated roughly by these crisis.