Massive Suicide Blast In Damascus Kills Several

PHOTOGRAPH: Twitter/KenRoth | More deaths in Syria, this time in the Kafr Sousa district in Damascus, care of a suicide bomber. Photo Credits: Twitter/KenRoth

A suicide bomber attacked Damascus, the Syrian capital, late on Thursday. At least seven people died in the attack, with slightly differing numbers coming from different sources. The attack happened in Kafr Sousa district.

The location of the blast, Kafr Sousa, is close to vital intelligence and military bases of the Syrian military. And eight people died as a result, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The group is UK-based and they monitor the Syria conflict via a network of contacts on the ground. “Eight people died when a suicide bomber targeted Kafr Sousa” in the southwest of the capital, the group said. In a similar report, seven people died when a suicide bomber detonated a belt laced with explosives, the state news agency SANA reported. The blast happened near a sports club.

Certain areas in Kafr Sousa are off-limits as they are the locations of ministers’ homes. Senior security officials also live here, as well as an intelligence headquarters. This latest attack, however, did not happen near this restricted area, Al Jazeera noted. Attacks like this are actually rare in the capital Damascus. The capital is also the home base of President Bashar al-Assad, who has been wrestling with rebels for control of the country for the past six years. Damascus, however, has seen its share of shelling from the outskirts, some of which remain under rebel control.

Violence in Damascus Continues

The military airport in Mezzeh, located west of Damascus, erupted in flames at 12am Friday. This attack, however, is supposedly the work of the Israeli military. Reportedly, rockets flew in and blew up the airport. There is no official death toll yet, RT noted.

Kafr Sousa has been the center of violence in December 2011 too. Then, two blasts rocked the district, killing more than 40 and wounding hundreds more. And, just last month, a seven-year old girl attacked a police station in the Midan district. The December 16 attack wounded three police officers.

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