Twin Damascus Bombs Kill 46

Twin Damascus Bombs Kill 46Twin Damascus Bombs Kill 46

Twin bombs targeting Shia pilgrims on Saturday killed 46 people in Damascus, most of them Iraqis, a monitoring group said, in one of the bloodiest attacks in the Syrian capital.

There have been periodic bomb attacks in Damascus, but the city has been largely spared the destruction faced by other major cities in six years of war, AFP reported.

A roadside bomb detonated as a bus passed and a suicide bomber blew himself up in the Bab al-Saghir area, which houses several Shia mausoleums that draw pilgrims from around the world. Dozens of people were wounded, some of them in a serious condition.

State television said there were 40 dead and 120 wounded after terrorists detonated two bombs. It broadcast footage of several white buses with their windows shattered, some of them heavily charred.

Syrian Interior Minister Mohammad Shaar said the attack targeted "pilgrims of various Arab nationalities."

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said around 40 of its nationals were among the dead and 120 among the wounded.

There was no immediate claim for the attack.

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