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Damascus bombs kill police, civilians: state TV

17 march 2012, 13:23
Syrian security forces. ©AFP
Syrian security forces. ©AFP
Twin bombings in the Syrian capital killed several civilians and police early on Saturday, state television said without giving figures, amid fears Al-Qaeda is trying to exploit the anti-regime revolt, AFP reports.

"Two terrorist bombings struck Damascus this morning," the television said, adding that preliminary reports suggested the bombers had blown up vehicles packed with explosives.

It said the attacks targeted the criminal police headquarters and an office of Syria's intelligence services, killing several police and civilians. The blasts hit on Baghdad Boulevard in Al-Qasaa district and in the Duwar al-Jamarek area.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said earlier that two powerful explosions targeted security service buildings in the capital.

A spate of bombings have hit Syria's big cities in recent months amid growing concerns that Al-Qaeda has taken advantage of a year-old uprising against President Bashar Assad to shift its focus of operations from neighbouring Iraq.

On March 3, a suicide bomber blew up a vehicle in Daraa, south of Damascus, cradle of the protest movement that erupted in March 2001, killing two people and wounding 20, including security personnel, state news agency SANA reported.

On January 6, a car bomb exploded in Damascus killing 26 people and wounding dozens more, most of them civilians. State media said it was a suicide attack and blamed "terrorists".

The blast came after twin bombs hit security services bases in the capital on December 23, with state media pointing the finger at Al-Qaeda.

Twin car bombs in the northern city of Aleppo on February 10 killed 28 people and wounded 235.

The United States has resisted mounting calls from its Gulf Arab allies Qatar and Saudi Arabia for the arming of rebels fighting loyalists troops for fear that the weapons might fall into the hands of the jihadists.

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri voiced his support for the Syrian uprising in a February video message released on jihadist Internet forums.

In the video titled "Onwards, Lions of Syria", Zawahiri criticised the Syrian regime for crimes against its citizens, and praised those rising up against the government.

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