Thursday, May 10, 2012

Syria Says Suicide Bombers Kill 70 in Damascus

Deadliest Attacks Since Uprising Began

Dozens of people were killed today in a double suicide bombing in Damascus--the country's deadliest attack since an opposition uprising began 14 months ago.

State media say two suicide car bombers with 1,000 kilograms of explosives blew themselves up in quick succession in the capital's southern Qazaz district during Thursday's morning rush hour.

CBS News' George Baghdadi says human remains and badly burned bodies littered the streets after the explosions, which also destroyed as many as 40 cars and pickup trucks. Syrian Ministry of Interior says 70 people were killed by the explosions, including 15 whose bodies were completely torn apart. Another 372 were wounded, including civilians and members of the military, the ministry added.

Witnesses say the attack appeared to target a Syrian military intelligence building and damaged its facade.

The Syrian government blamed the bombings on terrorists whom it says are behind the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. But the main exiled Syrian National Council accused the government of orchestrating the attack to try to smear the opposition movement and scare away a U.N. observer mission.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts.

Thursday's attack happened one day after a roadside bombing near the rebellious southern city of Daraa wounded 10 Syrian soldiers who were escorting General Mood and other U.N. monitors. The U.N. personnel were unharmed.