Damascus suicide attack kills dozens of Shiite pilgrims


File photo showing aftermath of a previous suicide attack in Damascus

ARA News

At least 40 civilians were killed in twin explosions that hit the Syrian capital Damascus on Saturday.

Most of the victims were Iraqi Shiite pilgrims who were visiting religious shrines in Damascus, according to Syrian government officials.

The explosions, which targeted the Bab al-Saghir cemetery, took place after two suicide bombers detonated their explosive belts, local sources told ARA News.

Bad al-Saghir is one of Damascus’ most ancient cemeteries, where several prominent religious figures are buried.

Syria’s Interior Minister Mohammed al-Shaar confirmed that 40 were killed and 120 were injured in the double explosions.

“The attacks targeted civilians, including Arab visitors, who were frequenting the shrines in the area,” he said.

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi | Source: ARA News 

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