By Mohamed Misto
HOMS, (AA): At least 140 people were killed and scores injured on Sunday by twin car bombs that shook Syria’s central city of Homs and capital Baghdad according to local sources. Daesh has claimed responsibity for both bombings.
At least four blasts struck the southern Damascus suburb of Sayyida Zaynab, killing at least 83 people, according to media reports.
Syria’s official SANA news agency, for its part, quoted the governor of Homs as saying that 57 people had been killed and 39 injured by the double car bombings.
According to SANA, however, the death toll is likely to rise further, as many of the injured are in critical condition.
Homs was one of the early epicenters of a popular uprising that erupted in 2011 against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
Until now, however, the city remains under the firm control of regime forces.
Homs has recently been rocked by a series of attacks, most of which have been claimed by the Daesh militant group.
Last month, the city suffered a similar twin car bombing in which at least 25 people were killed.
Additional reporting by The Muslim News
[Photo: Twin bombs went off near Shrine of Zaynab ibn Ali in Damascus. Photographer: Aziz1005. Wikimedia]