Who Set Off 2 Lethal Car Bombs in Damascus?

At least 55 people were killed and 372 injured when two car bombs exploded outside a well-known intelligence compound on Thursday morning in the Syrian capital of Damascus. The Syrian state news agency, SANA, broadcast images of the wreckage of a nine-story building with its front torn off, the smoldering remains of cars and two huge holes in the road. The Syrian regime and the opposition are blaming each for the deadly attack, which killed at least 11 soldiers and numerous civilians.

The blast occurred at around 7:50 am, just as government officials were arriving to work and children were taking buses to school. It was the largest so far, following blasts in December, April and May.

The Syrian government blamed “terrorists” financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the attack. The opposition has blamed the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, charging that it alone has sufficient munitions to carry out such a blast and saying that the regime is seeking to frighten Syrians while trying to pin the blame on terrorists such as Al-Qaeda.

One of the bombed buildings was known as the “Palestine Branch,” says the New York Times; it the largest security building in Syria, held hundreds of prisoners and was said to concentrate on the surveillance of religious radicals. The other building was the “Patrols Branch” and was the center for the intelligence vehicles that operate in Damascus.

As the New York Times and Al Jazeera both report, in the past few months, an armed group called Jabhat al-Nusrah, or the Victorious Front, has claimed responsibility for earlier bombings of government and security buildings. American officials have also said that Sunni extremists, including fighters linked to Al Qaeda’s Iraq affiliate, have been linked to bombings in Damascus and Aleppo, but evidence remains “elusive.”

Both the US and the UK have condemned the attacks while Russia, Syria’s longtime ally, has accused unnamed foreign countries as behind the blasts.

About 800 people have died since a peace proposal negotiated by Kofi Annan, special envoy to the United Nations and the Arab League, was supposed to take place on April 12. Major General Robert Mood, the Norwegian officer who is in charge of the UN observer mission, was at the site of the blasts shortly after they occurred. On Wednesday, General Mood was unharmed after a bomb exploded in the road as he led a team of UN observers into Daraa, the southern city where protests began in March 2011. The escalation in violence could likely slow the already “sluggish deployment” of UN observers, only 70 out of a planned 300 who have yet arrived, says the Guardian.

Over 10,000 people have been killed in the Syrian uprising which began as peaceful protests and calls fore democracy inspired by the Arab Spring. The regime responded with bloodshed and promises of reform that have seemed not only too little but too late.

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Huber F.
Huber F3 years ago


This is sad case of a wild hunt.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

why do we hurt our fellow man? it is so damn senseless :(

John Duqesa
Past Member 4 years ago

It's so plain that the relentless propaganda war waged against the legitimate and elected government of Syria here on Care2 and elsewhere in the Zionist corporate media has done its work. No statement is too stupid for people to post. Oh, the Syrian government must've done it as they've massacred their own people.

Do you know how stupid this sounds? They blow up their own intelligence headquarters to "frighten" the population? Do you really believe this? This is al Qaeda in Syria as La Clinton admitted in a BBC interview. I paraphrase, "We are dangerously close to allying ourselves with al Qaeda in Syria". Whern Homs was retaken from Sunni rebels, Qatari special forces were captured, unable to get out as the collapse was so swift. Banks of sophisticated electronic equipment were found and had been operated by Libyans and Qataris.

As for the "massacres", where do the figures come from? The ones quoted in the Zionist media quote REBEL sources which have a vested interest in inflating the figures. One of the "organisations", the SOHR, responsible for dissimulating this false information actually has admitted that adding the figures of Syrian security personnel killed is against the interests of the armed rebellion and its paymasters. For the record, over 2100 security personnel have been killed, an extraordinary number for an allegedly peaceful uprising.

Think, for heaven's sake. Think. Don't just accept what people like Ms Chew and others tell you.

Jen Matheson
Past Member 4 years ago

This isso incredibly sad. When will governments stop hurting their own citzens?

eusebio vestias
Eusebio vestias4 years ago

obrigado por compartilhar

eusebio vestias
Eusebio vestias4 years ago

obrigado por compartilhar

Hilary S.
Hilary S4 years ago

the mess in syria will take a long time to unravel, if it ever happens. sounds like some of the suicidal terrorists are coming home to roost, and i predict the killing spree will continue for quite a while, and certainly past the media's interest in it.

John Duqesa
Past Member 4 years ago

More propaganda from Kristina Chew. "Who Set Off 2 Lethal Car Bombs in Damascus?".

The Syrian government would bomb its own security headquarters, would it, while "seeking to frighten Syrians"? If the government wished to "frighten Syrians" it has far more effective and ominous means to do so without injuring itself.

The creedence given to this sort of tosh from the externally directed, armed and financed rebels is a disgrace to Care2. And mugs like the first commenter say "thank you". At least Ms Chew seems to have given up on quoting "communiques" from the laughable SOHR. However, she repeats the lie that the insurrection began spontaneously and peacefully.

Bob P.
Bob P4 years ago

thanks for sharing