Syria: Several killed in huge explosion near military intelligence office in Damascus

BREAKING: Fatalities were reported following a huge explosion near a military intelligence office in Damascus on Sunday, a war monitor said after state TV suggested a “terrorist act”.

“The explosion took place near a security branch in the south of the city. There are some people killed and injured but we could not verify the toll immediately,” the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

It was unclear if the blast was caused by a bomb that was planted or a suicide attack, according to the monitor. However, shooting was reported following the explosion.

The head of the city’s civil defense said a second blast came from military technicians detonating another bomb.