Syria: 14 killed and at the minimum three injured after explosion destroys b…

at the minimum 14 people have been killed after an explosion destroyed a bus in the Syrian capital of Damascus.

A local television stop said two roadside explosive devices went off as the bus was on the Hafez al Assad bridge – and a third device has been defused by an army engineering unit.

at the minimum three other people have been wounded, in what officials have called a “terrorist” blast, the TV channel reported.

Syrian firefighters and security officers check the burned bus. Pic: SANA via AP
The bus was on Hafez al Assad bridge at the time of the explosion

Syrian state TV showed footage of the charred bus and said the blasts occurred during rush hour when people were heading to work and school.

In photos posted on the channel’s Telegram account, rescue workers could be seen removing body parts from the cabin of the bus.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred at a main bus move point, where vehicles converge and head out to different neighbourhoods of the capital.

Damascus police commander Major General Hussein Jumaa told state TV: “It is a cowardly act” as he urged people to inform authorities about any suspicious object they see.

He additional that a police force had cordoned off the area and made sure there were no more bombs.

Initially, 13 people were reported dead, but Maj Gen Jumaa said one of the wounded had died from his injuries.

13 people have been killed and at the minimum three have been wounded

More than an hour after the blast occurred, workers cleared the scene of the explosion and the destroyed bus was removed.

The attack is the deadliest in Damascus in years, with such incidents being scarce since government forces captured suburbs that were once held by insurgents.

President Bashar Assad’s forces now control much of the country after Russia and Iran helped him take back strength.

Since the country’s civil war began in March 2011, the United Nations says at the minimum 350,000 people have been killed.

The war has also left more than half of the country’s population displaced, including five million who are refugees oversea.

Pic: SANA via AP

In August, Syria’s state media said a short circuit triggered an explosion in the gas tank of a bus carrying soldiers, resulting in one being killed and three others being injured.

In 2017, an explosion hit a bus convoy carrying evacuees near the Syrian city of Aleppo.

At the time, the opposition rescue service claimed at the minimum 100 people were killed.

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