Twin car bombs kill dozens in Syria

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By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Twin car bombs detonated near Damascus on Wednesday, killing dozens and leaving a trail of destruction near the Syrian capital, state media reported.

At least 34 people died in the "terrorist" bombings in Jaramana, Syrian state TV said, quoting the Interior Ministry. At least 83 others were injured.

Jaramana, a small town surrounded by fields, has provided a refuge for pro-government Syrians displaced in the civil war.

The Local Coordination Committees of Syria reported a nationwide death toll of 50, including 35 people it said were killed in Jaramana alone.

State media did not give a nationwide toll.

At the same time the car bombs went off, two simultaneous explosive devices detonated in the al-Nahda and al-Qerayyat neighborhoods, both of which are Damascus suburbs. Officials did not provide a casualty count in those areas.

Jaramana residents are a mix of Christians and the Druze, the latter a minority offshoot of Shiite Islam.

Government officials blamed the attacks on terrorists, a term Syria routinely uses for rebel fighters and extremist elements in the country.

How did the Syrian crisis begin?

What started as security forces cracking down on mostly nonviolent protesters has spiraled into a civil war between pro-government forces and the rebels, including the Free Syrian Army.

About 40,000 civilians have been killed since the first protests 20 months ago against President Bashar al-Assad's government, according to the opposition Center for Documentation of Violations in Syria. And more than 380,000 Syrian refugees have fled to neighboring countries, creating humanitarian challenges abroad.

CNN cannot confirm claims by the government or the opposition because of government restrictions that prevent journalists from reporting freely within Syria.


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