Damascus security compounds hit in deadly bomb attack

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Syrian opposition fighters attacked two security compounds in Damascus on Sunday, killing at least five people, opposition activists in the capital told Reuters news agency.

Fighters attacked a compound in the district of Rukn al-Din with explosives and another in Bab Musalla with mortar rounds, they said.

The compound in Rukn al-Deen served as a base for shabbiha militia loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, the activists said.

Syrian state television reported had earlier reported a suicide attack, citing an unknown number of casualties.

“A terrorist suicide explosion... hit the Rukn al-Din neighborhood of Damascus. There are reports of victims,” the broadcaster said.

Rukn al-Din adjoins the flashpoint district Barzeh, scene of fierce fighting pitting rebels against troops after the army recently escalated its efforts to crush the insurgency around Damascus.

It was unclear if those killed were police officers, opposition fighters or civilians.

(With Reuters and AFP)

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