Several people were killed and others wounded on Sunday morning in a suicide bombing that rocked the east of the Syrian capital Damascus, state television reported, which also spoke of two other foiled attacks.
“The authorities carried out three car bombs and managed to detonate two of them at the entrance to Damascus on a road leading to the airport and surrounded the third car in Tahrir Square where the terrorist blew himself up, Causing a number of deaths and injuries, “Syrian television said.
The official Sana news agency quoted a source from Damascus police as saying that “terrorists had detonated three car bombs simultaneously, two on the road to the airport (…) and Third place al-Ghadir “, Tahrir sector in eastern Damascus.
“The terrorist attacks caused a (number) number of deaths as well as injuries among civilians, besides material damage,” the source added.
“We heard shots at 0600 hours (0300 GMT), and thereafter a blast broke out, blowing the windows of the neighborhood buildings,” Mohamed Tinawi, a resident of Tahrir Square, told AFP.
He added that he saw Red Crescent volunteers on site providing assistance to two soldiers, as well as two burnt cars and material damage at a security checkpoint.
Damascus has been largely untouched by the violent fighting since the beginning of the conflict in 2011, but the Syrian capital has been hit by deadly attacks that left dozens dead.
In mid-March, two unnamed suicide attacks hit Damascus in less than two hours, killing at least 32 people. Five days earlier, a double attack had claimed 74 lives and had been claimed by the former al-Qaeda branch in Syria.