Sabato, 20 Febbraio 2016 10:32 | Dozens die in double car bomb attack in Syria

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Homs - At least 46 people were killed and dozens injured onSunday in a double car bomb attack in the central Syrian city of Homs, amonitor said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for

Human Rights saidmost of those killed appeared to be civilians, adding that the toll could risefurther because of the number of seriously wounded.

Syrian state television gave a toll of at least 25 dead,citing Homs provincial governor Talal Barazi.

It broadcast footage from the scene of the attack in theAl-Zahraa neighbourhood, showing the air thick with dust and smoke rising fromblazes started by the blasts.

Firefighters ran through debris strewn by the explosions assecurity forces and civilians tried to prise open the wreckage of one vehicleto retrieve a person inside.

Nearby, a charred body was carried away on a stretcher byemergency services workers.

The bombings appeared to have caused extensive damage,ripping the fronts off shops surrounding the site and mangling cars andminibuses.

The attacks were some of the deadliest to hit the city,which has been regularly targeted in blasts, including a devastating attack ata school in October 2014 that killed 48 children and four adults.

Al-Zahraa neighbourhood in particular has been the target ofmultiple attacks, including last month, when at least 22 people were killed ina double suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group.

Once dubbed the "capital of the revolution," Homscity is now largely controlled by the government.

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