2 Car Bombs Kill Dozens in Damascus

Twin bombs went off in a parking lot between two commercial buildings

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 28, 2012 6:18 AM CST

(Newser) – Twin car bombs ripped through a Damascus suburb today, killing at least 34 people and leaving dozens critically wounded, according to state media and hospital officials. State news agency SANA said two cars packed with explosives detonated within five minutes of each other early in the morning just before employees were arriving to work. They went off in a parking lot in the eastern Jaramana suburb, a district mostly loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and populated mostly by Christians and Druse, a minority sect.

The blasts shattered windows in nearby buildings, littering the street with glass and debris. Human remains were scattered on the pavement, amid pools of blood. There were conflicting reports about the death toll, however. Two hospital officials said at least 30 bodies were brought to two nearby hospitals, while activists with the Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights say 29 people were killed. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombings.

A Syrian helps a man who was injured after two cars bombs exploded, at Jaramana neighborhood, in the suburb of Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.
A Syrian helps a man who was injured after two cars bombs exploded, at Jaramana neighborhood, in the suburb of Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.   (AP Photo/SANA)
A Syrian soldier, right, and citizens gather in an alley that was destroyed by two cars bombs, in a suburb of Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.
A Syrian soldier, right, and citizens gather in an alley that was destroyed by two cars bombs, in a suburb of Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.   (AP Photo/SANA)
Syrians stand near a burning truck that was destroyed by two cars bombs, in a suburb of Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.
Syrians stand near a burning truck that was destroyed by two cars bombs, in a suburb of Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.   (AP Photo/SANA)
Syrians gather at an alley destroyed by two cars bombs, at Jaramana neighborhood, in the suburb of Damascus, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.
Syrians gather at an alley destroyed by two cars bombs, at Jaramana neighborhood, in the suburb of Damascus, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.   (AP Photo/SANA)
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