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Syria - Apr 27, 2012 - 12:54

Last modified: 27 Apr 2012 09:54

A blast has rocked the Syrian capital's central district of al-Midan, causing casualties, Syrian state media reported.

"The explosion took place in the al-Midan neighbourhood, near the Zein al-Abidin mosque," the state television reported.

Syria's pro-government Addounia television said that five people were killed and 20 wounded in what they described as an "apparent suicide bombing".

Opposition activists said the explosion occurred as worshippers were coming out of a mosque.

Earlier on Friday, a separate explosion was reported in an industrial zone of Damascus but it was unclear if there were any casualties.

Friday has typically been a day of anti-government protests since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began 13 months ago.

For more on recent developments, read our news story: Syria 'in contravention' of peace plan

[The handout image below, released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network, purports to show the car bomb which exploded in the al-Sinaa neighbourhood of Damascus earlier today - Photo: AFP]