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14 killed in Damascus army bus explosion

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-10-20 17:48

DAMASCUS - At least 14 people were killed and two others wounded in a bomb attack on an army bus in central Damascus on Wednesday, state news agency SANA reported.

Citing a military statement, the report said three explosive devices were affixed to the bottom of the military bus, two of which were detonated at the President Bridge in the heart of Damascus while the third one fell down without exploding and was later dismantled by a bomb squad.

Meanwhile, the state news agency posted photos of a charred passenger bus with military personnel around it checking the situation.

The President Bridge is a very busy area in Damascus where the main transportation station, which connects the capital through dozens of buses, mini buses and mini vans, is located.

Since dislodging the rebels from its outskirts in 2018, the Syrian capital has remained largely secure with some explosions taking place every now and then.

The Wednesday explosion is the second but the largest that took place in the capital this year, it said. In August, a military passenger bus was targeted in Damascus, causing fewer number of casualties.

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