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Reports: More Than 16 Dead in Suicide Attacks in Damascus

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This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows damage after a suicide car bomber struck a police station in Damascus, Syria, Oct. 2, 2017.

More than 16 people are reported dead in twin suicide attacks on a police station in Syria's capital, Damascus.

Lt. Gen. Mohammad al-Shaar, Syria’s interior minister, told reporters that two “terrorists” attacked the police station in the al-Midan neighborhood of Damascus with a number of bombs on Monday, before one of them blew himself up. He said the other bomber made it inside the compound, where police killed him, causing his bomb to explode.

According to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 11 people were killed, among them civilians and police officers. There were also conflicting reports that a car bomb had exploded in front of the station.

Ambulances rushed to the scene as the area was cordoned off.

There has been no claim of responsibility.

Damascus has rarely seen such incidents in its six-year civil war, although an attack back in July left at least 18 people dead and a dozen more wounded, according to state media and the Observatory group. The attack was the worst the city had seen since March. No one claimed responsibility. The Syrian capital has previously been struck by the Islamic State group and other jihadist fighters.

Last December, three policemen were wounded when a young girl reportedly walked into the same police station in Midan wearing an explosive belt that was detonated remotely.

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