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Moscow Condemns Sayyida Zainab Attacks as Death Toll Reaches 12

Twin bombings kill a dozen people and injure scores more after suicide bombers target civilian districts of the suburbs
Moscow Condemns Sayyida Zainab Attacks as Death Toll Reaches 12

Russia has strongly condemned Saturday’s twin terrorist bombings that targeted the Sayyida Zainab district south of the capital Damascus.

“Moscow strongly condemns yet another violent action of terrorists on Syrian soil. We express our condolences and compassion to family members and close ones of the victims and we wish a speedy recovery to all injured,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

One of the two blasts which rocked the town was carried out by a suicide bomber who blew himself up at the entrance of the suburb in the direction of Ziabiyeh town. The other blast occurred when a car bomb exploded in al-Tin Street on the suburb’s outskirts.

At least 12 people died and 55 others were injured in the attacks, some of whom remain in critical condition, a police source from the Damascus countryside said, who noted that a number of women and children were among the victims.

SANA’s reporter said massive damage was caused to a number of houses and several shops caught fire due to the explosion.

In April, five people were killed and 20 injured when terrorists detonated a car bomb at the entrance of Ziabiyeh town in the Damascus countryside.

Prime Minister Wael al-Halki said the attacks are an attempt to destabilize these areas in a bid to boost the morale of armed militants following successive victories by the Syrian army.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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