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Car bomb in Syria kills at least 11 people

Over 160 people died in violence across the country yesterday, including 72 civilians.

The scene of an explosion in Aleppo yesterday as violence continues in Syria.
The scene of an explosion in Aleppo yesterday as violence continues in Syria.
Image: Andoni Lubaki/AP

A CAR BOMB in a north Damascus neighbourhood mainly inhabited by members of President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite minority killed at least 11 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said today.

Two children were among the dead in the attack which occurred late last night in the Massaken Barzeh district, the Britain-based watchdog said.

The official SANA news agency said the bomb struck a petrol station near a hospital and that it also wounded many civilians.

The Syrian Revolution General Commission (SRGC) activist network also reported the attack, adding that large numbers of troops deployed in the neighbourhood afterwards.

Nationwide at least 160 people died in violence yesterday, including 72 civilians, said the Observatory, which gathers information from a network of medics and activists.

On Wednesday, the United Nations said the overall death toll from the 21-month conflict had topped 60,000.

- © AFP 2012.

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