Three car bombs rock Syria’s capital Damascus, seven killed

The suicide attacker in Tahrir Square blew himself up after being surrounded

Three car bombs exploded in Damascus on Sunday, state media said, killing at least seven people in the first suicide bombings in the Syrian capital since rebels attacked in March, Reuters reported.

Security forces stopped the militants from reaching their targets which would have led to more deaths, officials told state TV, saying the bombers had aimed to hit busy areas on the first day back to work after the Eid al-Fitr holiday, Reuters added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Damascus was hit by two separate, multiple suicide bomb attacks in March, one of them claimed by Islamic State and the other by the Islamist insurgent alliance Tahrir al-Sham, according to Reuters.

The casualties in Sunday’s attack occurred when one of bombers set off his device after being encircled near the Old City district of Bab Touma. A police officer at the scene said seven people were killed and 13 wounded in that attack, Reuters indicated.

The other two car bombs were destroyed by the authorities, state media said, Reuters indicated.

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