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71 people killed, injured in Damascus explosion

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Damascus, Jan 6, IRNA -- 25 people were killed and 46 others injured in a terrorist explosion that targeted a Syrian police bus on Friday.

Hundreds of Syrian protesters, gathered in the scene, called for the execution of terrorists behind the explosion.

Arab League observers were also present at the scene of the explosion to investigate the matter.

Syrian people, speaking to the IRNA reporter at the scene said thet believed that the Zionist regime elements were behind all terrorist activities in the country.

Syrian people gathered at the scene of explosion and shouted slogans in support of Bashar a-Assad's government.

Some media reports declared that the terrorist act was a suicide attack.

The Syrain television showed residents and paramedics carrying human remains, holding them up for the cameras. Other footages showed a bus with blood on its seats, and cars with blown out windows and riddled with shrapnel.

The state television said that ten people have been confirmed dead, and authorities said that another 15 had also died based on human remains from the scene.

Television also said that 46 people were wounded. It did not specify the victims' identities, but a Syrian official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to talk publicly to the media, said the target of the attack appeared to be a bus carrying policemen.

The IRNA reporter reported from the scene that the state-owned bus was totally destroyed, and a number of cars in the vicinity also were heavily damaged and splattered with blood.

The IRNA reporter says that the attack hit in the heart of Damascus, only about 10 yards from the local police station.

The blast went off at an intersection Midan on Friday, the start of the weekend in Syria and much of the Arab world.

Although the nearly 10-month-old US lead unrests in Syria, Damascus haves been relatively quieted but violence in the capital has been on the rise. On Dec. 23, according to the Syrian authorities, two car bombers blew themselves up outside the heavily guarded compounds of the country's intelligence agencies, killing at least 44 people and wounding 166.

State-run TV said the al Qaeda terrorist network was possibly to blame.

Hundreds of pro-Assad demonstrators descended on the area, carrying banners and signs expressing support for the leader and chanting his name.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

In October, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Bashar al-Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but the US and Zionist regime plots could spark some new unrests in certain parts of the country.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30751730

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