At least 13 killed in deadly blast on military bus in Damascus

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According to the Syrian state media, a bomb attack on a military bus in central Damascus has killed at least 13 people.

Sana news agency reported that the vehicle was targeted with two explosive devices as it passed under Jisr al-Rais bridge shortly after dawn on Wednesday, 20th October, 2021. A third explosive device was later found planted on the bridge and defused by engineers.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group also reported that several school children were among the casualties from the attack in the town of Ariha, in Idlib province.

Such gruesome attacks in the capital are progressively rare even though Syria has been entangled in civil war for a decade.

This bombing in Damascus is reportedly the deadliest in the city since March 2017. Footages from the scene showed the charred remnants of the bus, with smoke curling as firefighters tried to bring the flames under control.

The Syrian Observatory believes the death toll from the bombing is likely to rise because many of the wounded are in a critical condition.

So far, no group has claimed to be responsible for the attack, but suspicion will fall on IS, which has attacked military vehicles in the east of the country this year.