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At least 14 people were killed and several injured in a bomb blast targeting a military bus in the Syrian capital on Wednesday morning.

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The attack – the deadliest in years in Damascus – is believed to have been carried out by the Islamic State terror group, but so far no one has officially claimed responsibility. This comes after recent attacks on government troops fighting to maintain control after President Bashar al-Assad’s forces recaptured most of the territory from various terrorist groups.

Syrian state TV showed footage of a burnt bus and images showed smoke pouring down a vehicle destroyed by soldiers. How the attack happened and who is responsible is being investigated.

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‘A cowardly act’: Damascus police commander condemns attackers

Major General Hussein Zuma told state TV police that the police had immediately cordoned off the area and ensured that there were no more bombs after several devices were found around the bus.

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He urged the people to inform the police about any suspicious object.

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The investigation into the blast is ongoing and the death toll is expected to rise throughout the day as the scale of the attack becomes clear.

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