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15 killed in Damascus suicide bombing: report

Syrian state media reports that a bomb exploded in the city earlier today.

Syrian government supporters at a rally in Damascus, Syria yesterday.
Syrian government supporters at a rally in Damascus, Syria yesterday.
Image: Bassem Tellawi/AP/Press Association Images

A SUICIDE BOMBER has exploded a device in the Syrian capital Damascus, according to state media.

At least 15 people are being reported killed and another 46 injured.

SANA news agency says that although security forces are among the casualties, the majority are civilians.

The device exploded at a traffic light in the al-Midan area of the city. The AP says that one Syrian official said on state television that the bomber’s target appears to have been a police bus.

Foreign journalists have been banned from reporting in Syria, while the movement of national reporters has been curtailed by the government.

Dozens were killed late last month in a double bombing which struck on the same day that Arab League observers arrived in the country as international pressure on Syria’s government increases over its violent crackdown on political dissent.

A recent UN report accused state security forces of torturing detainees and children during the crackdown, and the UN estimates that over 5,000 people have been killed since protests erupted in mid-March 2011.

- Additional reporting by the AP

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