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Toll in twin Syria car bombs climbs to 26

Among those killed was prominent Druze leader Sheikh Wahid al-Balous, who spoke out against the Syrian regime

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The toll from twin car bombs that rocked the outskirts of the Syrian city of Sweida on Friday has risen to 26 people, including a prominent Druze cleric, a monitor said.

"The death toll from the car bomb attacks outside Sweida has risen to 26 people. Another 50 people are wounded," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Among those killed was prominent Druze leader Sheikh Wahid al-Balous, who spoke out often against both the Syrian regime and Islamists.

Syrian state television confirmed the two blasts and said eight people had been killed, blaming the explosions on insurgents.

The state media did not mention the Druze leader.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts.