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Syria: Twin Damascus blasts kill 71 near Sayyida Zaynab shrine

1st Feb 2016
Syria: Twin Damascus blasts kill 71 near Sayyida Zaynab shrine

By Mohamed Misto

 

DAMASCUS (AA) – More than 70 people were killed on Sunday by twin suicide bombings that targeted Sayyida Zaynab shrine south of Damascus. Daesh has claimed responsibility.

According to local sources, a car bomb exploded at a checkpoint protecting the shrine, manned by Shia Muslim militiamen near Sayyida Zaynab shrine south of the capital.

Almost immediately afterward, a suicide bomber blew himself up near the checkpoint, the same sources said.

Syria’s official SANA news agency, for its part, said that 71 people had been killed — and another 40 injured — by the twin blasts.

Sunday’s attack occurred as representatives of the Syrian Government and opposition groups gathered in Geneva for UN-sponsored peace talks.

Syria has remained locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

Since then, more than 250,000 people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to figures released by the UN.

 

[Additional reporting The Muslim News]

 

 

[Photo: Permanent Representative of the Syria to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari delivers a speech on peace talks during a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland on January 31, 2016. Photographer: Fatih Erel/AA]

 

 

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