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Syria bomb kills 12 and injures 48

Report by Lindsay Brown

At least 12 people have been killed and 48 others injured after a car bomb ripped through a funeral procession in Damascus.

On Tuesday afternoon, a bomb-loaded taxi exploded when mourners were passing along a street in Jaramana to bury two young men, who died in separate blasts Monday night.

The force of the blast demolished the front of one building and caused substantial damage to others nearby.

One witness said: "At that time I heard that there was a funeral procession outside, so I took a look out the window, then made some coffee, and walked back to the sofa and sat down.

"A moment later, I felt a sudden rush of flames hitting my face and arms. Then I lost consciousness and was sent to hospital."

Government forces estimate that at least 100 kilogrammes of explosives were used in the blast.

Another witness said: "These terrorists destroyed our lives and spared not even the children, while we have done nothing wrong."

Jaramana, a mainly Druze and Christian area on the southeastern outskirts of Damascus, has stayed mostly peaceful during the 18-month crisis in Syria.

The region has been generally supportive of the government, according to the London-based opposition group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.


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