Syria: Large explosion hits Damascus
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||21 February 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Syria: Large explosion hits Damascus, 21 February 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/513dd1b923.html [accessed 24 November 2014]|
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February 21, 2013
Syria's state media are reporting a large explosion in the center of the capital, Damascus.
Police say a car bomb exploded on February 21 near the headquarters of Syria's ruling Ba'ath party and the Russian embassy.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry blamed the bombing on "terrorist" groups linked to the extremist Al-Qaeda network.
State television said the blast killed at least 53 people and wounded more than 200.
The Russian embassy reported some of its windows were broken by the explosion.
There were also reports of two mortars being fired at a military headquarters in Damascus.
The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 13 people, including 10 soldiers, were killed in that attack.
Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, AP, and Interfax