A roadside bomb attack in Syria’s capital Damascus killed over a dozen military personnel on Wednesday. Some others were injured after a Syrian military bus was targeted with two explosive devices. The blasts occurred while people were heading to work and school. A third explosive device was also found at the scene of the attack on Hafez al-Assad bridge but was dismantled. Syrian state TV showed footage of the charred bus in central Damascus early Wednesday. No one claimed responsibility for the attack. There have been several attacks this year on army vehicles in eastern Syria by suspected ISIS militants. “It is a cowardly act,” Damascus police commander Maj. Gen. Hussein Jumaa told state TV.
Syria’s conflict that began in March 2011 has left more than 350,000 people dead and displaced half the country’s population, including five million who are refugees abroad. ISIL (ISIS) fighters continue to operate in the sprawling desert area of the country and engage in ongoing clashes with the regime time and time again. Blasts in Damascus have been rare since forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad took control of rebel enclaves around the city. But now it occurred.“This shows once again we are very far from any kind of stability in Syria, whether politically, militarily, or economically. We’re still in a conflict situation, Joseph Daher, affiliate professor with the wartime and post-conflict Syria project at the European University Institute said from Geneva.”The attack on Wednesday was quickly followed by army shelling in rebel-held Idlib province, which rescue workers said killed 12 people.