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Report: Car bomb in Damascus kills at least nine security forces

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At least nine Syrian security forces were killed Sunday morning after a car bomb exploded near a police station in the Jubar district of Damascus, where opposition fighters are battling regime forces.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion, in the east of the capital, appeared to have been carried out by the extremist Al-Nusra Front, which is allied with al-Qaeda, although there was no immediate confirmation.

“At least eight regime forces were killed, and a number of civilians injured, after a large explosion caused by a car bomb hit the Jubar neighborhood near a police station,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

Syrian state media made no remarks on the attack.

The Observatory said in a statement that fierce clashes between rebels and regime forces were ongoing in Jubar, a contested neighborhood which has been targeted by regime air strikes and mortar attacks in the past few months.

Elsewhere in the capital, the Observatory said, regime forces shelled the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad, Assali and Qaddam neighborhoods in the south and southwest of the city overnight.

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