Damascus car bomb blast kills 17

DAMASCUS, Saturday (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in the Syrian capital Damascus today, killing 17 civilians and wounding 14, Syrian state television reported.

The car was rigged with some 200 kgs (440 pounds) of explosives, the television said. “Investigations by the Terrorism Combating Unit are under way to identify the attackers,” the television reported official sources as saying.

The blast occurred near a security centre on the airport road at an intersection leading to the Sit Zeinab shrine, popular with Shi'ite pilgrims from Iran and Lebanon.

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