Television footage of the scene showed at least four bodies in the street, presumed dead, according to a report from The Associated Press.
Syria’s state-owned television was calling the explosion a “terrorist” attack in an area that has been normally sheltered from much of Syria’s large-scale and random violence, AP reports. Most of the attacks there have been targeted toward specific government buildings — with the exception of the last two days, where one mortar attack struck near a soccer stadium, according to AP.
Eyewitness said the car exploded at a checkpoint, and children are among the injured, AP said.
“It was huge. Everything in the shop turned upside down,” one local resident said, according to the AP report.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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