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Syria: Second Blast Rocks Damascus in One Day

Wednesday 15 March 2017, by siawi3


© AP Photo/ Hassan Ammar

15:52 15.03.2017(updated 18:27 15.03.2017)

A second explosion occurred in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Wednesday, state TV reported.

"A terrorist explosion in the Rabweh area in Damascus," state TV reported. The blast reportedly took place in a restaurant in Damascus’ north-west, a security source told Sputnik.

According to the source, law enforcement officials pursued three suicide bombers who intended to blow themselves up after the terrorist attack that occurred earlier in the day. One of the terrorists entered the restaurant and activated an explosive device.

According to preliminary data, at least 20 people were injured as a result of a suicide attack in the area of ​​Al Rabwa in the Syrian capital Damascus, a source in the country’s security services told Sputnik.

Earlier in the day, a suicide bomber caused an explosion in the Palace of Justice in Damascus killing at least 31 and injuring 60.

Photo: A general view shows the court house in Damascus, Syria
© REUTERS/ Omar Sanadiki

Explosion Hits Palace of Justice in Damascus, Killing at Least 31 and Injuring 60
According to al-Watan newspaper, the suspected terrorist intended to attack at a time when there was a large crowd in the lobby of the Palace of Justice. Police tried to detain him, but he managed to break through and activate the explosive device attached to his body.

The two explosions on Wednesday took place four days after a deadly twin suicide blast in Damascus. On Saturday, two blasts occurred near Bab al-Saghir cemetery in Damascus. Syrian Interior Minister Mohammad Shaar confirmed that at least 40 people were killed and 120 injured as a result of the attack.

The Tahrir al Sham militant group, which was organized at the initiative of the Jabhat Fatah al Sham terror group (formerly known as al-Nusra Front), is said to have claimed responsibility for the attack.