Bomb attack in bus carrying troops kills 13 Syrian military personnel
Oct 20, 2021: Two roadside bombs have exploded near a bus carrying troops in the Syrian capital, Damascus, killing at least 13 soldiers and wounding three others.
Syrian state TV showed footage of a burning bus in central Damascus on Wednesday morning, saying the blasts took place during rush hour as people were walking to work and school.
The two explosive devices were detonated while the bus was on the Hafiz al-Assad Bridge, the state TV said, adding that the third device was defused by the Army Engineering Unit, which officials said was a “terrorist” blast.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place at a central bus transfer point under a bridge, where vehicles converged on different parts of the capital.
Suspected ISIS fighters have carried out several attacks on army vehicles in eastern Syria this year, still operating in the vast desert region.
The attack is the deadliest so far in the capital, the previous being a bomb blast targeting the Justice Palace by ISIS in March 2017 killing at least 30 people.
In August, Syrian state media reported that a short circuit caused a gas tank in a bus carrying troops to explode, killing one and injuring three.
The latest bombing will challenge the government’s claim that the decades-old war is over and that stability is guaranteed for reconstruction efforts and investment projects.
President Bashar al-Assad’s government is trying to pull itself out of international isolation and has stepped in in recent months. The latest bombing will challenge the government’s claim that the decades-old war is over and that stability is guaranteed for reconstruction efforts and investment projects.
The bombings in Damascus have been rare since forces loyal to Assad took control of rebel positions around the city.
With Russia’s military presence and the help of Iranian militias, al-Assad now controls much of the country.
The Syrian conflict, which began in March 2011, has killed more than 350,000 people and displaced half of the country’s population, including 5 million refugees abroad.
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