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Explosions rock Damascus

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Explosions rock Damascus

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(CNN) — A series of deadly explosions rocked parts of Damascus today with some of the targets being Syrian government facilities, witnesses and state television reported.
At least 27 people were killed and 97 others were wounded in two blasts, state TV reported, quoting Syrian Health Minister Wael Halki.
The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said early indications were that two booby-trapped cars exploded in crowded areas. It put the death toll at 24, with 140 people injured and serious damage caused to surrounding buildings.
One explosion occurred near the customs criminal investigations department, witnesses said. Another struck near the Air Force intelligence headquarters in Tahrir Square in a different area of the city.
State TV reports blamed the explosions on “terrorists.”