Roadside bomb hits military bus in Syrian capital, killing 14 people

Damascus – During the morning rush hour in the Syrian capital, two roadside bombs exploded near a bus carrying troops, killing 14 people and injuring others, state television reported.

The attack was the deadliest in several years in Damascus and rare since government troops occupied a suburb previously dominated by rebels in a decade-long conflict in Syria.

Syrian state television aired footage of a scorched bus in central Damascus, stating that a blast broke out while people were heading to work or school. A third bomb was reportedly found and dismantled in the same area.

No one claimed responsibility for the attacks that occurred at the major bus transfer points under the bridge. There, vehicles converge to different parts of the capital.

“It’s a timid act,” Damascus police commander Major Hussein Jummer told state television, adding that police immediately blocked the area and confirmed that there were no more bombs. He urged people to inform authorities about the suspicious objects they saw.


Jummer said one of the injured succumbed to his injury late Wednesday, increasing the death toll to 14.

More than an hour after the blast struck, workers cleaned up the blast site and removed the burned-out bus.

President Bashar Assad’s army dominates much of Syria after military support from its allies Russia and Iran helped shift the balance of power in his favor.

The Syrian conflict, which began in March 2011, has killed more than 350,000 people and evacuated half of the country’s population, including five million foreign refugees.

In August, Syrian mass media said the short circuit caused an explosion in a gas tank on a bus carrying soldiers, killing one and injuring three.

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Roadside bomb hits military bus in Syrian capital, killing 14 people

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