13 killed in Damascus blast

At least 13 people have been killed and many more injured by a powerful explosion in Syria’s capital, Damascus, state media say.

A bomb is believed to have been detonated in a square in the central district of Marjeh. Civilians and security personnel are among the dead, according to BBC.

Sporadic gunfire was heard in the area after the blast.

On Monday, Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi survived a car bomb attack, which had targeted his convoy in the capital.

The latest attack took place near a hotel, shopping centre and interior ministry building in Marjeh, a busy commercial district.


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