Twin bomb blasts rock Damascus suburb

  • At least 29 people have died and several injured after two car bombs exploded in a southeastern district of Syria's capital, Damascus, earlier today.

    The Sana news agency said "terrorists" were behind the blasts in Jaramana.

    Video footage showed firemen hosing down the charred wrecks of two vehicles. Several buildings were also damaged.

    The pro-government TV channel, Addounia, said the explosions took place shortly after 6:40am local time.

    Jaramana is predominantly a Druze and Christian district, where government supporters are believed to have set up armed groups to fight rebel attacks.

    Several residents were killed and wounded, and homes and shops were damaged, it added.

    Two smaller bombs also exploded in Jaramana at around the same time, according to Sana, adding that nobody was killed by the blasts.

    Activists estimate that more than 40,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011.