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Bomb attacks in Syrian capital kill 8 people

Civilians and security officers milled at the scene of a bombing in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Residents of the district are mostly Alawites, an offshoot Shi’ite sect that President Bashar Assad’s family belongs to.
Civilians and security officers milled at the scene of a bombing in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Residents of the district are mostly Alawites, an offshoot Shi’ite sect that President Bashar Assad’s family belongs to.SANA/AFP

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DAMASCUS — Suicide bombers targeted security compounds in Damascus and a car bomb exploded in a pro-regime district there Sunday, killing at least eight people, the latest in a surge of civil war violence in the capital.

In northern Syria, a car bomb killed 12 soldiers in Aleppo, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists in Syria for information. It had no other details, and the government did not comment.

The state-run news agency SANA said three suicide bombers blew themselves up while trying to break into the Rukneddine police station in northern Damascus, killing five people and wounding several others.

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