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Three car bombs hit Damascus, killing a number of people

Three car bombs hit Damascus, killing a number of people
People inspect the site of a car bomb blast in Damascus in this handout picture posted on SANA on July 2, 2017, Syria. SANA/Handout via REUTERS
BEIRUT: Three car bombs exploded in Damascus on Sunday, killing and wounding a number of people, state media reported.

One of the suicide bombers blew himself up in a square in central Damascus after being encircled by the authorities. The other two car bombs were destroyed by the authorities, state media said.
State TV said the security forces had prevented "the terrorists from reaching their targets", saying they had aimed to target busy areas on the first day back to work after the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Footage broadcast by state TV from one of the blast sites showed what appeared to be human remains, badly damaged vehicles outside a mosque in the Baytara traffic circle near the Old City.