In a bombing attack that has the signature of Al Qaeda, three nearly simultaneous explosion rocked Syrian government and state media buildings in the capital city of Damascus.
Three explosions within minutes of each other have rocked the Syrian capital of Damascus as reports of dead civilians and troops begin to trickle in.
Syrian state TV is blamed the armed rebel terrorist for the attacks which targeted the Air Force Intelligence center, the criminal security department, and a third explosion which reportedly occurred on a Palestinian Liberation Army bus outside the location where millions protests in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad last Friday.
This is a breaking news story and the details are still developing.
The only news outlets reporting on the story right now, CNN, Russia Today, and Press TV are all fully quoted below.
Oddly all 3 stories appear to have very similar writing styles — including using quotations around any references to the opposition as terrorists, referencing the same past bombings which occurred in December and pointing out that both parties are refusing to resolve their differences through diplomatic negotiations and referring to the same UN meeting.
Very odd coincidences for breaking news stories from 3 supposedly independent and separate news sources working for three different countries.
Russia Today has also just updated their headline to remove any references of casualties. The old headline which read “Two blasts strike security targets in Damascus, casualties reported” has now been changed to “Twin bombings strike state security structures in Damascus”
Explosions rock Syrian city
NEW: One of the buildings targeted was the Air Force intelligence headquarters
NEW: Another blast was near where state TV reported a mass pro-Assad rally was held Friday
Syrian state TV blames “terrorists” for the blasts, says military personnel and civilians died
Twin bombings previously tore through Damascus in December
(CNN) — A series of explosions rocked parts of Damascus Saturday with some of the targets being Syrian government facilities, witnesses and state television reported.
One explosion occurred near the customs criminal investigations department, witnesses said. Another struck near the Air Force intelligence headquarters in Tahrir Square in a different area of the city.
A third explosion occurred in a bus belonging to the Palestine Liberation Army camp in another part of Damascus, witnesses said. Syrian state TV did not confirm that blast occurred.
Syrian state TV blamed the explosions on “terrorists” and said a number of civilians and military personnel were killed.
The explosion by the customs criminal investigations department building was only a short distance from Umayyad Square, where state media reported Friday that millions of people turned out to demonstrate in support of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
The blast near the Air Force intelligence headquarters was close to where twin bombings struck the offices of two security branches in Damascus in December. The government blamed “terrorists” inside and outside of Syria, but the opposition called the attacks the work of the regime.
The latest explosions come a day after Kofi Annan, special joint U.N-Arab League envoy, briefed the U.N. Security Council Friday on the Syrian crisis via a private teleconference.
Speaking to reporters afterward from Geneva, Annan said he was working hard to stop the yearlong violence in Syria and “get unimpeded access” for humanitarian relief.
Annan met last weekend with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus and the Syrian opposition in Turkey in an effort to end the violence that has swept the nation since Syrian security forces cracked down on protesters a year ago. He described the atmosphere in the talks as “welcoming and correct.”
Syrian civilians, troops killed in two car bomb attacks in Damascus
A number of civilians as well as troops have been killed in two car bomb attacks in Al-Qasaa and Duwar al- Jamarek areas in the Syrian capital, Damascus, Syria’s state TV says.
One bomb planted in a car went off outside the Syrian Air Force Intelligence Headquarters and another explosion hit a security police building in Damascus, according to the Syrian state TV.
“Terrorists” have been blamed by the Syrian state TV for the blasts, but no further details have been released yet.
This is not the first time that the Syrian cities have been targeted by bomb attacks. Bombings in Damascus and other cities in the past few months have left scores of people dead.
The latest development comes as the UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, is set to send a team to Damascus to discuss a new international monitoring mission. The Syrian government said on Friday that it will cooperate with Annan to end the year-long unrest in the country.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011 and many people, including security forces, have lost their lives in the violence.
The West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing the protesters. But Damascus blames ”outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.
Russia Today reports:
Two blasts strike security targets in Damascus, casualties reported
Twin explosions have shaken the Syrian capital at about 7:30 AM local time, killing a number of civilians and security forces, the country’s state news channel reports. Syrian media has dubbed the blasts “terrorist attacks.”
Initial reports say that car bombs struck the aviation intelligence department and the criminal security department.
The explosions come two days after the one-year anniversary of the uprisings against President Assad’s regime that have killed over 8,000 people according to UN estimations.
The last major bombing occurred in the city of Aleppo on February 10, killing 26 people.
The Syrian government has blamed terrorist groups attempting to destabilize the country for the attacks.
The opposition counters that the Assad government purposely orchestrates them to discredit the rebel movement.
Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab league envoy to Syria, urged the international community to unite in the push for a peaceful resolution to the conflict on Friday.
Annan will send a technical mission to Syria next week to discuss the introduction of foreign monitors in the country. The proposed monitoring mission is part of the five-point plan agreed upon by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Arab League representatives last week in Cairo.
Thus far, the international community’s efforts to curb the conflict have had little effect, with both the opposition and Damascus refusing to open dialogue.