45 Killed, 110 Wounded in Blasts Near Sayeda Zeinab Shrine in Syria - NBC Southern California
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

45 Killed, 110 Wounded in Blasts Near Sayeda Zeinab Shrine in Syria

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    45 Killed, 110 Wounded in Blasts Near Sayeda Zeinab Shrine in Syria
    File/AP
    In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens gather at the scene where twin bombs exploded at a government-run security checkpoint, at the neighborhood of Zahraa, in Homs province, Syria, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. There was another bombing on Jan. 31, that killed at least 45 people, officials said.

    At least 45 people were killed and 110 wounded on Sunday from a triple explosion in the Sayeda Zeinab district of Damascus where Syria's holiest Shi'ite shrine is located, the interior ministry said.

    Syrian state television SANA said a group of militants detonated a car bomb at a bus station, followed by two blasts set off by suicide bombers as rescuers rushed to the scene of the first explosion.

    Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halaki was quoted as saying the attacks were prompted by "terror groups" who sought to "raise their morale after a string of defeats" by the army.

    The blasts came as a U.N. envoy attempted to launch indirect peace talks between delegations sent to Geneva by the Syrian government and the opposition.