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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Syrian regime and rebels blame each other after bombs kill 40

Richard Spencer in Damascus

THE Syrian government and opposition last night accused each other of responsibility for huge explosions that ripped through two state intelligence buildings in Damascus, killing at least 40 people.

In a dangerous twist to Syria's worsening civil conflict, state news agencies said two booby-trapped cars driven by suicide bombers struck the buildings yesterday morning, the Muslim day of prayer.

The authorities said the attacks "bore the blueprint of al-Qa'ida", and also implicated the opposition movement.

But opposition activists claimed they were the work of the government itself, designed to intimidate a newly arrived Arab League delegation and to prove the regime was fighting organised terrorist gangs rather than a popular uprising.

One activist claimed to have been told by regime insiders that army officers carried out the explosions, and that the bodies filmed spread across the scene were of political prisoners planted there. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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