Syrian security forces inspect the site of an explosion in central Damascus. Reuters
At least 13 Syrian military personnel were killed, three injured in two roadside bomb attacks, as their bus crossed a bridge in central Damascus during early morning rush hour on Wednesday.
State TV reported that two bombs exploded near a bus carrying troops in the Syrian capital.
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There have been several attacks this year on army vehicles in eastern Syria by suspected Daesh militants who still operate in the sprawling desert area
The United Nations says at least 350,000 people have been killed during a civil war that started a decade ago.
Security forces inspect the gutted remains of the bus. Reuters
Syrian state TV showed footage of the charred bus in central Damascus, saying the blasts occurred while people were heading to work and school. The report said a third bomb was discovered and dismantled in the same area.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred at a main bus transfer point under a bridge, where vehicles converge and head out to different neighborhoods of the capital.
Such attacks in Damascus have been rare in recent years after government forces captured suburbs formerly held by insurgents.
The ministry said on Saturday that more than 20 people were injured in the explosion in an industrial zone of Tal Abyad. The ministry blamed Syrian Kurdish fighters for the attack.
The bomb struck a bus and taxi station in the town, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Different casualty figures are common in the immediate aftermath of explosions.
The Britain-based monitor said the car bomb targeted a bustling area located near several restaurants, leading to severe material damage. It was not clear who was behind the attack or if the casualties were all civilians.
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