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Syria suicide blasts kill 27, injure 150 in Damascus

March 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Suicide bombers detonated cars packed with explosives in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Saturday. At least 27 people died and nearly 150 others were injured.

The blasts are the latest in a string of large-scale attacks targeting the Syrian regime's military and security installations. The opposition Syrian National Council says it's not capable of carrying out such attacks. The U.S. says al Qaeda in Iraq could be behind the attacks.

The first explosion around 7 a.m. struck the heavily fortified air force intelligence building, followed by another explosion at the criminal security department. Both explosions were several miles apart in Damascus, at approximately the same time, the Interior Ministry said. State-run news agency SANA said a third blast went off near a military bus at the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk in Damascus, killing the two suicide bombers.

The U.N. says well over 8,000 have died since the uprising began a year ago, inspired by Arab Spring revolts across the Middle East and North Africa.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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