9 killed as car bomb rocks Syrian city
Damascus, May 19, 2012
A car bomb blew up in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday killing nine people and wounding about 100, state television and an opposition group said.
According to media reports, a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car outside the security headquarters in Syria's biggest eastern city of Deir Ezzor on Saturday.
The blast occurred on a road housing a military and air force intelligence headquarters and a military hospital, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Television images showed a large bloodstain on the ground, a damaged building and vehicles charred by the blast, as well as smoke rising from the district.
'A car bomb exploded in the Ghazi Ayyash neighbourhood of Deir Ezzor,' said state television, adding the blast was carried out by a 'terrorist suicide bomber' and caused widespread 'material damage.'
Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdisi said on Twitter that there were seven 'martyrs' and 100 injured in a 'suicide explosion,' which involved 500kg (1,100 pounds) of explosives.
However, state news agency SANA spoke of a 'booby-trapped car.'
'Residential buildings and public and private installations near the site of the terrorist attack suffered serious damage,' the television said.
There was no claim of responsibility for the bombing but, as typically happens in such cases, the opposition blamed it on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
'The Syrian National Council places on the Syrian regime the entire responsibility... for the criminal bombings in several Syrian cities, including the one today in Deir Ezzor,' the exile group said in a statement.
'These repetitive blasts are part of the regime's plan to sow chaos and trouble, given that it failed to repress the revolution of the Syrian people,'
An opposition group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the blast was near military intelligence offices and was followed by heavy gunfire.-Reuters