Four Blasts in Aleppo Kill 40

Explosions only minutes apart rock volatile Syrian city

By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 3, 2012 6:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – Four separate explosions rocked the Syrian city of Aleppo today, claiming at least 40 lives and wounding more than 90 others in a government-controlled district where rebels have been clashing with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, reports Reuters by way of the country's state-run news agency. Three of the bombs went off in the city's main square in 15 minutes. A car bomb hundreds of meters away exploded shortly after.

"Five minutes after the first explosion a second bomb exploded. A third exploded 10 minutes after that," a state TV reporter said. "There was a fourth car bomb which exploded before engineering units could defuse it." Aleppo is now largely split in half between Assad forces and rebels, notes Reuters.

Syrian men walk at a street between destroyed buildings where triple bombs rocked at the Saadallah al-Jabri square, in Aleppo city, Syria, Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012.
Syrian men walk at a street between destroyed buildings where triple bombs rocked at the Saadallah al-Jabri square, in Aleppo city, Syria, Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012.   (AP Photo/SANA)
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