Twin bombings Saturday in Damascus killed dozens near Shiite cemetery

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Most of those injured have been hospitalized and are undergoing treatment. Interior Minister Mohammed al-Shaar visited the wounded in local hospitals.  The Syrian state news service, SANA, said attacks by two suicide bombers bearing explosive charges struck near the Bab Al Sagheer cemetery, just south of the Old City. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. State militants have carried out similar attacks before against Shiite shrines in the Syrian capital and elsewhere. Such attacks were rare in Damascus as the war in Syria enters its seventh year. Bab al-Saghir cemetery contains the graves of several eminent companions of the Prophet Mohammed, including his two wives.

The place is often frequented by Shia Muslims, as it has several Shia mausoleums that draw pilgrims from across the globe. Iraqi, Iranian and other Asian Shiites often visit shrines in Syria. Security forces have cordoned off the area after the attack.

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