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40 dead in double Damascus explosion

ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY Syrian security personnel and residents inspect the site of an explosion in Damascus May 10, 2012. Two explosions shook the Syrian capital Damascus on Thursday killing and wounding dozens of people, state media said, in a district that houses a military intelligence complex involved in President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on a 14-month uprising. REUTERS/Sana/Handout (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. TEMPLATE OUT
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY Syrian security personnel and residents inspect the site of an explosion in Damascus May 10, 2012. Two explosions shook the Syrian capital Damascus on Thursday killing and wounding dozens of people, state media said, in a district that houses a military intelligence complex involved in President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on a 14-month uprising. REUTERS/Sana/Handout (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. TEMPLATE OUT

More than 40 people have been killed as two large explosions ripped through the Syrian capital Damascus, state-run TV said.

The blasts at a military intelligence building in the Qazaz neighbourhood wounded at least 170 more.

The government has blamed terrorists, although no group has yet claimed responsibility

The blasts, which ripped the facade off the intelligence building, happened at about 7.50am when employees are usually arriving at work.

Witnesses said medical workers were collecting human remains from the streets after the explosions and heavily damaged cars and pick-up trucks stood smouldering in the area.

The outer wall of the headquarters collapsed, although the structure inside appeared intact.

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