Syria Car Bomb Kills 17

14 wounded in blast near Damascus airport, temple
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 27, 2008 8:49 AM CDT
Damaged buildings with shattered glass are seen after a car bomb blew up Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, killing 17 people and injuring 14 others.    (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)
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(Newser) – A car bomb on the road to Syria’s main airport killed at least 17 passers-by and injured 14 others, the Daily Telegraph reports. The car, at an intersection in the country’s capital, Damascus, had held 440 lbs of explosives; the target of the bomb, which exploded near a security checkpoint, the airport, and a temple popular among Shia pilgrims, remained unclear. It was the first bombing in Syria since February.