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10 killed in Syria car blast

DAMASCUS – A car bomb driven by a suicide attacker exploded on Tuesday near a police officers’ club in the Syrian capital Damascus, killing at least 10 people and causing widespread material damage.

The state-run SANA news agency said the blast occurred near a vegetable market in the northern neighbourhood of Masaken Barzeh. SANA showed footage of the blast scene, including several damaged vehicles.

A source in the interior ministry stated that a car had tried to ram into the police officer’s club in the area, but was stopped by guards. “A suicide bomber then detonated his explosives, causing deaths and injuries,” state television added, citing the source, without giving further details on the toll.

State TV said the blast killed at least eight policemen and wounded 20 after it was detonated in the parking lot of the officers’ club. Car bombs have been used regularly in Syria’s war, often to devastating effect.

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