DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A bomb exploded in a Christian neighborhood in Damascus Sunday, killing at least 10 people, Syrian officials said.
The blast occurred as U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi met with President Bashar Assad about a truce to end 19 months of violence that has claimed some 30,000 lives.
The bomb threatened to mar Brahimi's efforts to bring about a cease-fire, British ITV reported.
Brahimi has called for a cessation in hostilities to go in effect before the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday that begins Friday.
Syria's state television confirmed the bombing, saying it was caused by "terrorists" but did not cite the number of casualties.
Syrian officials said the bomb under a vehicle caused extensive damage to the Christian neighborhood Bab Touma in Damascus, ITV said. Sky News said a taxi rigged with explosives blew up outside a police station.
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