At least 18 killed in a suicide bomber car blast in Damascus

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Police said the attackers planned to bomb crowded areas in the capital on the first working day after Ramadan. 18 people were killed in the bombing, including at least seven members of pro-government security forces and two civilians. It also caused material damage to public and private properties. The explosion had gone off at around 6am. “The terrorist bombings killed and wounded several civilians and caused physical damage to the area,” a police official told media.

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The site of blast

The bombing is the deadliest attack in Damascus since mid-March Syria is in the midst of a six-year-long civil war, with Damascus still mostly under government control. More than half of Syria’s prewar population of 22 million has been displaced since the start of the civil war in 2011, and millions of Syrians have sought refuge in neighboring countries. No group has said it carried out this attack. Damascus has remained mostly under the control of President Bashar al-Assad. Such attacks became more common as IS loses its territory. The army is still fighting rebels in the eastern suburban areas of Jobar and Ain Tarma.

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