Deadly blast hits regime-held part of Syria's Homs: SANA



Damascus: A car bomb exploded on Thursday in a regime-held suburb of Homs city, in the centre of war-torn Syria, killing a number of people and wounding others, state news agency SANA said.

"Terrorists detonated a car bomb... in the Akrama Jadideh neighbourhood... and preliminary information indicates that there are dead and wounded," the agency reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the explosion and said it occurred near a public swimming pool in the Akrama neighbourhood, which is under government control.

Parts of Syria, notably the capital, have been plagued by deadly bombings over the past 12 months of a two-year-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

The bloodiest came on February 21 when a suicide car bomb was detonated near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party in central Damascus, killing more than 60 people, mostly civilians, according to the Observatory.
The hardline jihadist Al-Nusra Front has claimed responsibility for the majority of such attacks.

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