At Least 40 Killed in Damascus Blasts

Attack Targeted Military Building in Syrian Capital

By Staff Report

Published May 10, 2012.

At least 40 people have been killed and 170 wounded in twin bomb blasts in the Syrian capital of Damascus.

One of the bombs hit a military intelligence building just as many employees were arriving at work, according to reports.

The Syrian government, whose violent crackdown against those who oppose President Bashar Al-Assad’s rule has killed an estimated 9,000 people since early 2011, is blaming the bombing on “terrorists,” and is saying that most of those killed and injured in Thursday’s blasts were civilians.

The incident comes two weeks after a suicide bomber detonated in the Syrian capital, killing nine people and wounding 26.

Damascus remains under the control of those loyal to Al-Assad.

As of Thursday morning, there had been no claim of responsibility for the attacks.

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