17 killed, injured at explosion in passenger bus in Damascus, Syria

17 killed, injured at explosion in passenger bus in Damascus, Syria

A passenger bus was destroyed in an explosion in Damascus, Syrian state TV reported on Wednesday, without indicating if there were casualties.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): At least 14 people have been killed after an explosion destroyed a bus in the Syrian capital of Damascus.

A local television station said two roadside explosive devices went off as the bus was on the Hafez al Assad bridge - and a third device has been defused by an army engineering unit.

At least three other people have been wounded, in what officials have called a "terrorist" blast, the TV channel reported.

Syrian state TV showed footage of the charred bus and said the blasts occurred during rush hour when people were heading to work and school.

In photos posted on the channel's Telegram account, rescue workers could be seen removing body parts from the cabin of the bus.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred at a main bus transfer point, where vehicles converge and head out to different neighbourhoods of the capital.

Such attacks in Damascus have been rare in recent years after government forces captured suburbs that were once held by insurgents.


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