30 killed in three bombings in Damascus

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Damascus, Feb 21 (IANS) At least 30 people were killed and many others injured in three bombings that rocked a predominantly Shia district south of Syria’s capital Damascus on Sunday, state TV reported.

The blasts took place close to the al-Sader Hospital in Teen Street in Sayyidah Zaynab district.

The first was a car bomb explosion, which was followed by two other explosions by two suicide bombers, Xinhua reported citing state TV.

The bombings in Sayyidah Zaynab occurred just a few hours after twin blasts killed 46 people in the pro-government district of Zahra’ in Homs.

A source told Xinhua five explosions rocked Sayyidah Zaynab district, where a key Shia shrine containing the tomb of Zaynab, Prophet Mohammad’s granddaughter, is located.

The district is guarded by Lebanon’s Hezbollah group.

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Last month, at least 45 people died and 100 others were wounded in two explosions in the same district.

The Sayyidah Zaynab tomb is a centre of religious studies for adherents of the Shia sect of Islam as well as a mass pilgrimage destination for Shia Muslims from across the world.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blasts.

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