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Bomb Targets Damascus City Center

People gather around the scene of a bomb explosion in front of of al-Hijaz train station in central Damascus, Nov. 6, 2013, in this handout picture released by SANA.
People gather around the scene of a bomb explosion in front of of al-Hijaz train station in central Damascus, Nov. 6, 2013, in this handout picture released by SANA.
Reuters
A bomb exploded in central Damascus on Wednesday, killing eight people and wounding 50, with women and children among the casualties, Syria's state news agency SANA said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition monitoring group, reported seven dead and at least 20 wounded in the attack. It cited conflicting reports from activists as to whether the explosion was caused by a bomb or a mortar shell.

SANA said some of the wounded were in critical condition after the blast hit Hejaz square in the heart of the Syrian capital. It blamed the attack on “terrorists,” the word state media often use for rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.

It said the blast was caused by an improvised device planted at an office entrance in an area under construction.

Rebels have often planted bombs or carried out mortar strikes in Damascus since the conflict, which began with peaceful protests in March 2011, turned into a civil war. Well over 100,000 people have been killed in the bloodshed.

  • A fighter from the Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra searches a boy at the Karaj al-Hajez crossing in Aleppo, Nov. 7, 2013.
  • A Free Syrian Army fighter carries handcuffs as he walks along the rubble of damaged buildings in Aleppo's Salaheddine neighborhood, Nov. 7, 2013.
  • A man carries an injured child after a bomb explosion in front of the al-Hejaz train station in central Damascus, Nov. 6, 2013. (SANA)
  • People gather around the scene of a bomb explosion in front of of al-Hejaz train station in central Damascus, Nov. 6, 2013, in this handout picture released by SANA.
  • Men, who were injured in a bomb explosion in front of the al-Hejaz train station, lie down on beds at a hospital in central Damascus, Nov. 6, 2013. (SANA)
  • A Free Syrian Army fighter throws a mortar shell to a fellow fighter in Jabal al-Akrad area in Syria's northwestern Latakia province, Nov. 6, 2013.
  • A member of the "Liwaa al-Sultan Mrad" brigade, operating under the Free Syrian Army, feeds fish in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha district, Nov. 6, 2013.
  • A Free Syrian Army fighter runs to take cover after firing a homemade mortar from Maaret al-Naaman town towards the Wadi al-Deif military base in Idlib, Nov. 5, 2013.

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