A powerful bomb ripped through a bustling commercial district of Damascus on Tuesday,killing at least 14 people,shattering store fronts and bringing Syrias civil war to the heart of the capital for the second consecutive day.
Syrian Prime Minister Wael Al-Halqi,on Monday,narrowly escaped an assassination attempt after a car bomb struck near his convoy,a few kilometres from Tuesdays blast. The bombings appear to be part of an accelerated campaign by opposition forces to hit President Bashar Assads regime in the heavily defended capital.
Tuesdays bombing struck the Marjeh neighborhood,a bustling commercial area near the Old City of Damascus,Syrian TV said.
It described the explosion as a terrorist bombing, using the term Assads regime uses to refer to opposition fighters. The state news agency said 14 people were killed and 103 wounded in the attack.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast,but car bombs and suicide attacks targeting Damascus and other cities that remain under government control in the third year of the conflict have been claimed in the past by the al-Qaeda affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra group. The group is one of the rebel factions fighting to oust President Assad.