Four guards killed in Damascus suicide attack

  • Four Syrian security guards died on Wednesday in a suicide attack on a military building in central Damascus.

    It is the third time in recent weeks that the military headquarters have come under attack.

    Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoubi blamed the attack on terrorists, a term the government uses for rebels and fighters opposed to President Bashar al-Assad.

    According to a Syrian military spokesman, “armed terrorists” set off two explosions, including a car bomb, causing damage to army headquarters.

    The spokesman added the attackers had opened fire near the building in order to spark chaos among civilians.

    The rebel Free Syrian Army has claimed responsibility for the attack, in which 14 people were also injured.

    The explosions are the latest to hit the capital during the country's 18-month conflict, which has left an estimated 30,000 people dead.