Huge Explosion Rattles Syrian Capital

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The blast followed by heavy gunfire caused panic in the capital, where a massive car bombing on Thursday near the ruling Baath party headquarters killed at least 53 people.

In this photo provided by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian security agents carry a body following a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said. (AP Photo/SANA)

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Damascus residents and state-run TV say a huge explosion has shaken the city.
The blast followed by heavy gunfire caused panic in the capital, where a massive car bombing on Thursday near the ruling Baath party headquarters killed at least 53 people.
It was not immediately clear what the target of Monday's explosion was and whether there were casualties.
State-run TV reported a "terrorist" explosion at the entrance to the northeastern neighborhood of Qaboun.


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