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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 02:19 PM

Nine dead in suicide bomb near Damascus mosque

Source: Reuters

By Ed Cropley

BEIRUT | Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:45pm EDT

(Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed nine people including security officers at a Damascus mosque on Friday, Syria's interior ministry said, in another blow to a fraying U.N.-brokered truce between President Bashar al-Assad and rebels fighting for his downfall.

The explosion happened as worshippers were leaving the Zain al-Abideen mosque, which was under heavy security due to its reputation as a launchpad for anti-Assad demonstrations after Friday prayers.

A local resident said security officials at the scene told him a man in military uniform had triggered an explosives vest when he was challenged by soldiers as he walked towards the area.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast. But it was close to the site of a January 6 suicide bombing which was claimed by a previously unknown anti-Assad Sunni Islamist group calling itself the al-Nusra Front.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/27/us-syria-idUSBRE83O0OL20120427



Related: Syria crisis: Damascus 'suicide bombing' kills 10 (BBC)

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Sun Apr 29, 2012, 07:53 PM

1. Islamist group says it carried out Damascus bombing

Source: Reuters

Islamist group says it carried out Damascus bombing

CAIRO | Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:14pm EDT

(Reuters) - An Islamist group called "al-Nusra Front" claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide bombing which killed at least nine people in the Syrian capital Damascus on Friday.

The group named the bomber as Abu Omar al-Shami and said he detonated his explosives amidst 150 members of the Syrian security forces who were gathered outside the Zain al-Abideen mosque in the Midan district of Damascus.

It was not possible to verify the statement.

Al-Nusra has also claimed responsibility for a January suicide bombing in Midan and other bombings in Damascus and in the northern city of Aleppo.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/29/us-syria-bomb-claim-idUSBRE83S0E620120429

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