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At Least 8 Killed in Bombings at Shi'ite Shrine Near Damascus


Two blasts at a Shi'ite shrine in a suburb of the Syrian capital have killed at least eight people and left many others wounded.

Syrian state media say a suicide bomber struck at the entrance of the Sayyida Zeinab shrine south of the center of Damascus. That blast was followed by a car bombing at the heavily guarded shrine important to Shi'ites throughout the world.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports a higher death toll than Syrian authorities, saying at least 12 people were killed dozens of others wounded.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, which took place in an area where several other bombings have taken place in the past, often claimed by Islamic State militants.

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