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Damascus auto bomb attacks leave at least 18 dead

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Christy Curtis | 03 July, 2017, 01:51

Tragedy struck in the Syrian capital of Damascus when three vehicle bomb blasts claimed the lives of seven victims in the first suicide bombing incident to hit the city since the month of March.

State TV said that the death toll was minimized because security forces intervened at the right time and stopped two auto bombs at the entrance of the city.

Read the full BBC article.

Footage on state TV from the scene of one.

Government forces battle insurgents at eastern edge of capital. The security forces also detonated two other vehicle bombs at the airport road intersection in Damascus, AP reported.

"The number of casualties in this morning's terrorist explosions in Damascus has increased to 13, 29 others were wounded", the source said.

State television said the "terrorists" had meant to target busy areas on the first day back to work after the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which follows Ramadan.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 9 people were killed, and 15 more injured. That rare assault in the heart of the city, which remains under government control, was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Syrian authorities said that the auto bomber was one of three intended for Tahrir Square, the city center.

That came days after two explosions that left 74 dead in the capital's Old City and were claimed by the Tahrir al-Sham coalition led by the jihadist Fateh al-Sham Front.

Conflict continues in the east of city between rebels and security forces.

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