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Syrian TV says at least 10 killed in Damascus blast
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) ' Syrian TV says at least 10 people have been killed in an explosion in central Damascus, and that the death toll could rise to 25.
State television says ten people have been confirmed dead, and authorities believe another 15 had also died based on human remains from the scene.
The state-run channel and an official say an explosion ripped through a police bus in the center of Syria's capital Friday. Syrian TV showed residents and paramedics carrying human remains.
Other footage showed a bus with blood on its seats, and cars with blown-out windows and riddled with shrapnel.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
DAMASCUS (AP) ' A suicide attacker detonated his explosives in central Damascus Friday, killing and wounding dozens of people, state TV said. The TV footage as well as an official suggested that the target of the attack was a police bus.
Syrian television said the explosion went off at an intersection in the central Damascus neighborhood of Midan, while scores of people were in the area. It said most of the casualties were civilians.
The explosion comes two weeks after two blasts in Damascus targeting security buildings killed 44 people.
A Syrian official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to talk publicly to the media, said the target of the attack appeared to be a bus carrying policemen.
Syrian TV showed angry men carrying the remains of a human being and also showed a damaged bus that had blood on its seats as well as riot police helmets.
"This is a criminal terrorist act," a man shouted in footage aired on Syria TV.