December 23rd, 2011
04:44 AM ET

State TV: Suicide bombers strike government buildings in Damascus

[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.

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  1. Andreas Moser

    Death to the dictator!

    December 23, 2011 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Corin

    Suicide bombers! Doesn't anyone use guns anymore in the middle east? Have they forgotten how to overthrow their oppressors already? Kids these days! Keep em unemployed and they soon discover they have nothing to lose anymore.

    December 23, 2011 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    "The reports say the attacks resulted in a number of military and civilian casualties, though they did not say whether *people* were killed."

    Um...what?

    December 23, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Neebz

      People were killed about 40 of them , including children

      December 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Neebz

    if you check the syrian tv or any arabic news you will see video of the people killed, is this really a news website, this is stupid

    December 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Okay, This is really starting to get confusing. Who now is killing who ? The government is killing dissidents and deserters. The dissidents and deserters are killing government forces. Now someone is killing both government forces and civilians. Someone please explain to me what I am missing here . I mean, have they decided to just have a free for all ?

    December 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Let the Arab Leahue take care of it.

    Hi, bobcat (in a hat).
    U honor of Christmas, I have decised to use your full name.

    December 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    I meant in honor.
    banasy© regrets the error.

    December 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat ( in a hat )

    @banasy

    I am honored that you, in honor of christmas, have chosen to honor me by using my full name.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    December 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Laurence Ringo

    Wow...Islam,the religion of peace,compassion,justice,etc.,etc.,blah,blah.Is it really that difficult for Muslims to talk to each other?Is it just easier to sling a bomb.to strap youself into a vehicle and murder everyone around you for who knows what?You just tell yourself you're a martyr headed for"Paradise"(or someone else convinces you of that)and"Boom!!"Innocent men,women,children,oh well and too bad,right?Wow again.So,what say you,Muslims?You're always accusing others of"Islamaphobia",of painting you with too broad a brush,that Islam is not about terrorism,on and on.Tell us then,Muslims:What is Islam about,really?Because frankly,at this point,somebody is obviously lying about something.After all,these type of heinous surprise murders,while not unheard of, are not characteristic of nations where democracy prevails.But obviously in Islamic countries,when the ballot fails,reach for the bomb.What else can Islam say for itself?In the very heart of a presumably Muslim nation,Syria,its citizens under seige by its own government(and I bet this viciously murderous government can produce some obscure but"important"imam who can legitimize its actions)you have homicide bombers slaughtering their fellow Muslims,and presumably there was/is nothing in Islamic law that could have,or can,stop them(kind of like so-called"honor"killings[murders];its supposed to be a"cultural"phenomnenon,but Islam has no answer for it;its not even considered murder in most Islamic nations!!!)So,in a word,or rather a phrase:"Islam,you have a problem".

    December 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BigDady

    Says who that the murderers r Muslim?! Do u know the mixture of ppl in Syria? They might be the same religion u come from... So pls stop spreading negative vibes about our religion!

    December 23, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |