Suicide bombings in south Syrian city kill at least 20 regime troops, activists say

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Associated Press

Posted on November 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 10 at 11:36 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — Suicide car bombs have ripped through a Syrian government base in the southern city of Daraa.

The state-run news agency reports a triple car bombing, saying it killed seven civilians and wounded several others.

Activists say the blasts killed at least 20 soldiers. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists on the ground, says two suicide bombers drove the explosives-packed cars into a military encampment behind the officer's club in quick succession.

Daraa was the birthplace of the uprising against Assad, which erupted in March 2011.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but an al-Qaida-inspired extremist group that has been fighting alongside rebels has said it was responsible for similar bombings in the past.

In other violence, Syrian TV says a locally made rocket slammed into a four-story residential building in the capital of Damascus, wounding two young women.

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