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Damascus twin suicide attack highlights: Militants target al-Midan police station, 15 killed

Militants targeted the station in the al-Midan neighbourhood and clashed with police officers there, Interior Minister Mohammad al-Shaar said in comments broadcast by state television from the police station.

By: Express Web Desk | Beirut | Updated: October 3, 2017 5:22 am
It’s the first such attack in the Syrian capital since July.

At least 15 people including civilians and policemen were killed in a twin suicide attack at a police station in  Damascus on Monday, reported news agency Reuters. This is the first such attack in the Syrian capital since July, said the interior minister.  The attack was carried out by a group of four militants.

Militants targeted the station in the al-Midan neighborhood and clashed with police officers there. One attacker blew himself up at the main entrance and another detonated his explosive device on the first floor, he said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Footage broadcast by state TV showed bodies wrapped in shrouds at the scene and firefighters putting out flames. Previous suicide attacks in Damascus have been claimed by both Islamic State and the Tahrir al-Sham jihadist alliance, which is led by the group formerly known as the Nusra Front.

Here are the highights:

10:12 pm: Reportedly, in December 2016, three police officers were wounded when a seven-year-old girl walked into a police station in Midan wearing an explosive belt that was remotely detonated.

10:09 pm: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were also injuries in the attack, which involved up to three explosions in the city’s southern district of Midan.

9:35 pm: The attack was carried out by four attackers, while one blew himself up at the entrance of the police station, another detonated on the first floor.

9:20 pm: Syrians Interior ministry says that the attack was in response to the major victories by the Syrian forces over ISIS occupied lands in the country.

8:55 pm: Syrian Interior Minister Mohammad al-Shaar says the blasts killed “a number of policemen and civilians” in the al-Midan neighbourhood.

 

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  1. deepak sankhla
    Oct 3, 2017 at 12:36 am
    Militants!!??? Hahaha What will make you call these savages as terrorists??
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      L bhadrapati Devi
      Oct 2, 2017 at 10:21 pm
      Why such terror attack against secular democratic govt of Lebanon by ISIS?
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        Junu
        Oct 2, 2017 at 9:15 pm
        This is Muslim killed by Muslim... are Muslim supporting those Islamic terrorist or the common MUSLIM ( forget about non- Muslim) ? When incident happened in other countries you enjoy... now you what is your reaction ?
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          Hindu
          Oct 2, 2017 at 9:25 pm
          Islamic terrorism, barbarism , anihilation of other religions like Hinduism, Budhism , rape , loot , murder slavery etc is nothing new . THE MEDIEVAL ARABS WERE THE BIGGEST SLAVE TRADERS , WHOLE TURKISH EMPIRE WAS RUN THROUGH CAPTURED NON MUSLIM SLAVES FROM AFRICA AND EUROPE AND INDIA . It is going on starting from 7th century AD . It will carry on till all humanity dies due to this cancer .
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