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Syria - Mar 18, 2012 - 14:37

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A car bomb blew up in a residential area of Syria's second city Aleppo on Sunday, a day after two blasts rocked the capital Damascus, the Syrian television channel al-Ikhbariya said. 

Opposition sources said the blast hit an area close to a local security office. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion had killed and injured people in the area but gave no estimate on the number of casualties.

The state news channel Syria TV said a "terrorist" explosion hit between two residential buildings in the al-Suleimaniya district of Aleppo, behind a post office building.

Residents told the British-based Observatory they saw bodies in the streets and reported a heavy blast which rocked the area.

On Saturday, two car bombs in Damascus killed 27 people and wounded at least 100.

Sunday's blast is the fourth car bomb to hit a major city in Syria, and the second in Aleppo, since a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad's rule began a year ago and security forces launched a crackdown.

Activists and the government have traded blame for previous explosions. 

Bassma Kodmani, a Paris-based member of the opposition Syrian National Council, said she doubted the armed groups trying to bring Assad down by force have the capacity to carry out such attacks on security institutions in the capital.

"I don't think any of the opposition forces or the Free Syrian Army has the capacity to do such an operation to target these buildings because they are fortresses,'' she said.

"They are very well guarded. There is no way anyone can penetrate them without having strong support and complicity from inside the security apparatus."

[Source: Reuters] 

Read our news story for more detail and context: Explosion rocks Syrian city of Aleppo 

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