31 Jan '16, 11am

Two blasts near Syria Shi'ite shrine kill at least 12: monitor

AMMAN/BEIRUT (REUTERS, AFP) - At least 45 people were killed and 110 wounded on Sunday by a car bomb and two suicide bombers in the Sayyida Zeinab district of Damascus, where Syria's holiest Shi'ite shrine is located, the interior ministry said. State television showed footage of burning buildings and wrecked cars in the neighbourhood. Syrian state news agency SANA, quoting an interior ministry source, said a group of militants had detonated a car bomb near a public transport garage in the neighborhood's Koua Sudan area. Two suicide bombers then blew themselves up nearby as people were being rescued. "Bodies were still being pulled from the wreckage," a witness told state news channel Ikhbariyah. The heavily populated area in the south of the city is a site of pilgrimage for Shi'ites from Iran, Lebanon and other parts of the Muslim world. The explosions occurred as represe...

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