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Deadly suicide bombing hits central Damascus

Monitoring group says bomb targeted a government building, as Syrian state television reports at least four casualties.

Last updated: 03 Dec 2013 11:43
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The bomber was wearing an "explosive belt" and blew himself up, state television reported [Syrian State TV]

A suicide bomber blew himself up in central Damascus, causing deaths and injuries, Syrian state television reported, with at least four reported killed and 17 injured.

"A terrorist suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt blew himself up in the Jebbeh district of the Jisr al-Abyad neighbourhood, causing deaths and injuries," state television said on Tuesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, said that the target appeared to be a government building.

Suicide bombings have repeatedly targeted the capital in the bloody 33-month conflict pitting forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad against rebels seeking his ouster.

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