Car bomb kills 8 at Syrian intelligence building

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A suicide car bomber killed at least eight security personnel, including a major, on Wednesday in an attack on a military intelligence building in the southern Syrian city of Suweida, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

“A suicide attacker detonated himself in a car bomb in front of the air force intelligence headquarters in Sweida,” Observatory Director Rami Abdelrahman told Agence France-Presse, adding that clashes erupted after the explosion.

Rebels then tried to storm the building and clashes erupted, killing several opposition fighters, local opposition activists told Reuters.

The state news agency, SANA, said the attack at the regional air force intelligence headquarters wounded 41 people, saying only that a “terrorist” had driven into a public square, Reuters said, suggesting the “terrorist” was most likely in opposition to President Bashar Assad.

Earlier in the day, SANA said an improvised bomb had exploded in Hejaz Square in the Syrian capital of Damascus, killing eight people and wounding at least 50.

The Observatory reported seven dead and at least 20 wounded in the Damascus attack.

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