Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Bombers strike in central Damascus, killing 14

June 11, 2013

Bombers attacked a Damascus police station on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people in the heart of the capital as President Bashar al-Assad’s army fought rebels in their strongholds in the east and north of Syria.

Syrian state media said two suicide bombers struck near a police building in Marjeh Square, on the edge of the old city of Damascus. Syrian television had initially said the bombs were placed in bags outside shops in the square.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said one bomb was detonated by a suicide attacker inside the police station and the other just outside. It put the death toll at 15, most of them police.

Rebels battling to topple Assad have carried out regular bombings in the capital but are on the defensive across much of the country after a series of counter-attacks by his troops, supported near the Lebanese border by Hezbollah militants.

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