DAMASCUS- An explosion rocks Syria's capital on Thursday afternoon; and thick black smoke is seen rising over the place.
Syria TV said the explosion on Thursday was in the parking lot of the Palace of Justice, a compound that houses several courts.
Syria official news agency SANA said “A Terrorist Explosion inside the parking of Justice Place in the Center of Damascus at al-Marja Quarter.”
The nature of the blast was not immediately clear. Syrian Official gave no statement about the incidents, nor damages and casualties of the explosion. But SANA reported later "three injuries in the terrorist blast inside the parking of Justice Palace in Damascus, and material damage to 20 cars in the parking."
SANA report added "Fire engines extinguished the fire which erupted after the bombing within a few minutes."
Smoke over Damascus on Thursday (SANA)
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.
Syria has been hit by a wave of big explosions in recent months. Dozens of people have been killed. Most of the explosions targeted the security agencies of President Bashar al-Assad, who is fighting to end a 16-month uprising against his rule.
Press reports on Thursday indicated that much of the violence that has gripped Syria since the uprising began has been sanctioned by the government to crush dissent.
But rebel fighters are launching increasingly deadly attacks on regime targets, and several massive suicide attacks this year suggest al-Qaeda or other extremists are joining the fray.