Powerful blast hits Damascus as UN peace envoy visits



A powerful blast has hit the Bab Touma neighborhood in the old part of Damascus, a state run TV-channel reports.

The explosion comes as UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is visiting the Syrian capital for talks.

The explosion reportedly took place in front of a police station. Smoke is rising above what is believed to be a car bomb explosion, witnesses say.­
The area was busy at the time of the explosion, with people returning from Sunday prayers. No information of casualties is available yet.

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