Car bomb in west Damascus kills 15 people

OLIVER HOLMES
Last updated 06:06 27/11/2013

Relevant offers

Middle East

US threatens Syria, says Assad is planning chemical weapons attack Why Arab leaders hate TV network Al Jazeera 'Close Al Jazeera, curb ties with Iran': Arab states issue ultimatum to Qatar Behind the Canadian sniper's record 3.5km kill shot: Was it really so 'stunning'? 29 dead after car bomb hits Afghan bank in restive Helmand province, governor says Saudi king upends royal succession, names son as first heir Facing old foes: Could the fall of Isis 'caliphate' be the start of Iran-US war? Gunmen kill eight Afghan guards heading for work at US air base Too hot to handle: Study shows Earth's killer heat waves worsening Jonathan Milne: Kiwis must continue to offer friendship, even if Turkey wipes our 'Johnnies' from its Gallipoli history

Fifteen people were killed and more than 30 were wounded in a suicide bomb attack at a bus station in a suburb west of Damascus, state media said today.

State television said all fatalities were civilians but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based anti-Assad monitoring group, said six of the dead were soldiers and that two children were also killed at the bus stop in Soumariya, a major hub for transport in and out of the capital.

"The number is likely to rise because there are about 25 wounded, some of them in critical condition," the Observatory said in an email.

Suicide attacks are a common tactic by insurgents fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, whose family has ruled Syria for more forty years.

More than 100,000 people have been killed in a civil war which started with peaceful pro-democracy protests in March 2011 that were suppressed with force.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content