Car bombs kill 54 near Damascus

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 November, 2012, 6:37am
AFP

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Simultaneous bombings in the mostly Druze and Christian town of Jaramana, near Damascus, yesterday killed more than 50 people and left a trail of destruction.

The explosives-packed cars blew up at daybreak in a pro-regime neighbourhood of the mainly Christian and Druze town of Jaramana, state media and a rights watchdog reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights gave a death toll of 54, all civilians. More than 120 other people were wounded, and many residents rushed with them to hospital.

The bombs struck Jaramana at the same time as two explosive devices were set off in the town in separate attacks, the state news agency SANA said, adding that nobody was killed in those blasts.