Damascus huge car bomb kills 13, wounds 70

Damascus huge car bomb kills 13, wounds 70
Tue Apr 30, 2013 16:09:32

At least 13 people have been killed and 70 others wounded when a car bomb went off Tuesday in the heart of the Syrian capital Damascus in front of the old headquarters of Syria's Interior Ministry, the Syrian state-TV says.

The blast targeted the rear gate of the ministry in the al-Marja Square, local media said, adding that many of those wounded are in critical conditions.


Scenes of destruction and carnage with blood were also seen all over the ground and tens of cars were totally destroyed.


The explosion was followed by gunshots and heavy black smoke was seen spiraling high into the sky. The 23-storey Damascus Commercial Tower has also been partially damaged due to the explosion.


It is not known yet whether the recent bomb attacks are a response to the government counter-offensive on rebel strongholds, as the Syrian army directed a big blow in the Damascus suburbs and countryside to the terrorists in many of the areas they are based in.


The blast came one day after a car bomb blast targeted the convoy of Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi. Al-Halqi escaped unscathed but three of his bodyguards as well as the driver of the vehicle were killed in the blasts.


Explosions have become increasingly common in Syria with the al-Qaeda terror network becoming more active on Syrian soil, especially after aligning with the al-Nusra Front.

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