[Updated 3:14 p.m. ET] At least 44 people were killed in a pair of grisly car bombings Friday in the Syrian capital, Damascus, the Interior Ministry told state-run media. Another 166 people were wounded, it said. The casualties included security personnel as well as civilians, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported.
[Posted 4:44 a.m. ET] Two suicide car bombs exploded Friday outside of offices of two of Syria's security branches in Damascus, state-run media reported.
The bombers targeted the State Security Directorate and another security branch in the Syrian capital with booby-trapped cars, the reports said.
The reports say the attacks resulted in a number of military and civilian casualties, though they did not say whether people were killed.
State-run television and newspaper reports say a preliminary investigation indicates the attacks are the hallmark of al Qaeda.
Residents said they heard two loud explosions followed by the sound of heavy gunfire, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition activist group, told CNN.FULL STORY