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Terrorist Bombing in al-Midan Quarter in Damascus Causes Tens of Deaths and Injuries, Most Are Civilians

Jan 06, 2012

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – A terrorist explosion on Friday hit al-Midan quarter in Damascus, causing tens of victims among civilians and law-enforcement forces, the majority were civilians.

The explosion took place near Hassan al-Hakeem Basic Education School.

Preliminary information indicated that a suicide bomber exploded himself at a traffic light in al-Midan quarter in a densely populated area that witnesses heavy traffic movement.

The initial death toll is estimated at 25 martyrs, including the remains of 15 martyrs, and 46 injured, most of them civilians.

This terrorist bombing is the third to hit the capital Damascus after two terrorist attacks, less than a minute between them, targeted the State Security Directorate and another Security Branch in Damascus on December 23, 2011, marking an escalation in the terrorist attacks afflicting Syria at the hands of armed terrorist groups for more than nine months.

The two previous attacks, according to the investigations, were carried out by two suicide bombers with two booby-trapped cars, causing a death toll of 44 security and civilian martyrs and 166 wounded, the majority were civilians.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that the modus operandi of the attacks and the selection of targeted areas (both of which are crowded in order to kill the biggest number of civilians possible) have the fingerprints of al-Qaeda all over them.

Syrian Arab News Agency