Twin Suicide Bombings in Syria Kills At Least 31

March 15, 2017

 

 

In Damascus, Syria — many people died and many were injured from two suicide bombings. 

 

The first bomber detonated near a courthouse in the center of the city — killing at least 31 people, injuring at least 102 people. Before the explosion, he was stopped by security when he tried to enter the building — but he threw himself inside the building and set off the bomb while there were many lawyers, judges, and civilians around. 

 

The second bomber detonated at a popular restaurant, fortunately there were no deaths — but 28 people were injured. It appears the bomber was chased by security guards and detonated while running. 

 

It is not clear which group was responsible for the bombings. It might have been done by the jihadist organization/alliance Tahrir al-Sham — because they claimed responsibility for bombings on Saturday that killed more than 40 people, also in Damascus. 

 

Bombs were placed at a cemetery near a parking lot for buses — one exploded, causing serious damage to people and buses, then another exploded 10 minutes later that appeared to target first responders arriving. 

 

Terrible. The leader of Tahrir al-Sham used to be a leader for al Qaeda in Syria.

 

Reuters Article: http://reut.rs/2m18SJD

NPR Article: http://n.pr/2n0LnQ3

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