Syria car bomb explosion kills 53, injures 250
The deadly blast hit a residential area near the headquarters of the ruling Baath Party and the Russian Embassy in the Mazra’ah neighborhood of the capital on Thursday.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying the explosion was “carried out by armed terrorist groups linked to al-Qaeda that receive financial and logistic help from abroad”, AFP reported.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which was one of the deadliest to hit the Syrian capital since the outbreak of violence in Damascus nearly two years ago.
Meanwhile, the United Nations extended the mission of UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi through the end of the year.
UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said on Thursday that Lakhdar Brahimi’s term, which was set to expire on Friday, has been renewed through the rest of 2013.
Brahimi, a veteran Algerian diplomat, was assigned the role in September 2012 when he replaced Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general.
Thursday’s blast comes amid ongoing clashes between the Syrian Army and the foreign-backed militants.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.
The Syrian government also says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.
In addition, several international human rights organizations have accused the militants in Syria of committing war crimes.
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