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Car bombs target Syria's Homs city, Damascus suburb

By Andrew V. Pestano
An explosion in the Syrian city of Homs killed at least four people on Tuesday, a war monitoring group said. Another explosion occurred near Damascus. Photo courtesy of Syrian Arab News Agency
An explosion in the Syrian city of Homs killed at least four people on Tuesday, a war monitoring group said. Another explosion occurred near Damascus. Photo courtesy of Syrian Arab News Agency

May 23 (UPI) -- The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said at least four people died after a car bomb exploded in the city of Homs, which was followed by a separate bombing near a Damascus suburb.

The SOHR said more than 15 people were injured after a pickup truck exploded in Homs' al-Zahra neighborhood. As of Sunday, Homs is fully controlled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and militias loyal to his regime after the completion of an evacuation agreement with rebels.

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The SOHR also said there was an explosion near Damascus' al-Sayyidah Zaynab suburb but it did not yet have information on casualties. The car bomb targeted a checkpoint of Assad regime forces and supporters on a road leading to the Damascus International Airport.

An official at the Damascus Police Command told state-run Syrian Arab News Agency that police destroyed a vehicle acting as a car bomb, killing both passengers authorities identified as terrorists and one civilian. Another civilian was injured. The official said the vehicle exploded before it reached the checkpoint.

No groups have yet taken responsibility for either attack.

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