Syrian rebels say they planted bombs in army building
Syrian rebels have said they planted bombs inside the army's general staff headquarters in Damascus as President Bashar al-Assad's forces bulldozed buildings in parts of the capital that have backed the uprising.
Syrian state television said four people were wounded in what it called a terrorist attack on the general staff compound in the highly guarded Abu Rummaneh district, where another bomb attack killed four of Assad's top lieutenants two months ago.
"The operation targeted officers in the Assad army who have been planning and giving the go-ahead for the massacres against the Syrian people," said a video statement by the Grandsons of the Prophet brigade, a division of the Free Syrian Army. "Bombs were planted inside the army headquarters," said the video statement, which was broadcast on Arab satellite channels.
But as the rebels demonstrated that they could strike at the heart of the security apparatus, residents said army bulldozers had moved on the Zayat and Farouk neighbourhoods to the west, and destroyed at least 20 buildings in the Sunni Muslim areas that have sheltered the insurgents.