Syria: Bomb explodes near interior ministry in Damascus
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||18 October 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Syria: Bomb explodes near interior ministry in Damascus, 18 October 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5089074024.html [accessed 29 January 2015]|
|Disclaimer||This is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.|
October 18, 2012
UN-Arab League peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi
A bomb attached to a motorcycle has exploded near Syria's Interior Ministry and intelligence headquarters in Damascus, causing an unspecified number of casualties.
There are conflicting reports about whether the attack on October 18 was carried out by a suicide bomber.
The blast comes after opposition activists said government airstrikes on rebel areas overnight killed at least 20 people in four towns in the Idlib and Aleppo provinces.
Meanwhile, the activist group Avaaz said on October 18 that some 28,000 Syrians have gone missing after being abducted by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad during the country's 19-month revolt.
Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in Geneva on the same day that the conflict in Syria is becoming reminiscent of Bosnia's sectarian war.
Pillay called on world powers to unite to try to halt the bloodshed.
Based on reporting by Reuters,dpa, and AFP