13 killed by car bomb near Damascus

13 killed by car bomb near Damascus
Syrian President Bashar Assad

At least 13 people, including 10 policemen, were killed when a car bomb exploded north of the Syrian capital, activists said today.

The Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights said the blast struck overnight near the police headquarters in the town of Deir Atiyeh. The Observatory said a child was among the three civilians killed.

Syria’s state news agency confirmed the attack. It said a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car in a residential area of the town, causing an unknown number of casualties.

The agency said “terrorists” were behind the attack – a government term for rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad’s regime.

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