Fourteen killed in Syrian capital’s deadliest attack for four years

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Syrian state media reported that 14 people were killed in a bomb attack on a military bus in central Damascus.

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During the rush, a bus carrying army personnel was hit by two explosive devices under the Jisr al-Rais bridge. A third explosive device was defused by military engineers, the Sanaa news agency reported. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

“I was sleeping when I heard a loud explosion. I woke up and a bus caught fire, which stopped after hitting the pavement,” Abu Ahmed, who sells fruits in a market near the bridge, told AFP news agency. ” “I heard the second explosion later, but it wasn’t as loud as the first one.”


Videos from the scene show the charred remains of the bus as firefighters put out the fire.

Wednesday’s bombing is the deadliest in the city since March 2017, when 31 people were killed in a suicide attack claimed by the jihadist group Islamic State (IS).

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Shortly after the attack, at least 10 people were killed in opposition-held military shelling in the northwest. According to the Syrian Civil Defense, four children and a woman were among those killed in the city of Ariha.

The organization confirmed that another 20 people were injured when children were on their way to school in residential areas and a busy market place.

“We were woken up by the bombing. The children were scared and screaming,” Bilal Trissi, a father of two children living in Ariha, told AFP. “We didn’t know what to do or where to go and we couldn’t see anything because of the dust all around us.”

A decade of conflict in Syria has killed at least 350,000 people, destabilized the country and forced millions to flee their homes.


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