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Syria: 8 killed in bombings in city of Idlib
Blasts in northwestern Syrian city of Idlib kill 8, state-run news agency says
By The Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) ' Syria's state-run news agency says two blasts in the northwestern city of Idlib have killed at least eight people and caused serious damage.

SANA says said civilians and security agents were among those killed in Monday's bombings.

State media has blamed the attacks on terrorists.

Activists said the explosions went off outside a security compound and near a hotel where U.N. observers were staying.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

DAMASCUS (AP) ' Syria's state news agency says assailants have fired rocket-propelled grenades at the Central Bank and a police patrol in the capital Damascus and detonated two bombs in the northwestern city of Idlib.

The SANA agency says four policemen were hurt and the bank building was slightly damaged in Monday's attacks. An activist says 10 people were hurt in the explosions in Idlib.

State media blamed the attacks on "armed terrorists," a term it uses to describe those trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad. A largely peaceful uprising began more than 13 months ago but turned into an insurgency under a regime crackdown.

The U.N. is trying to make a cease-fire stick, and a Norwegian general arrived in Syria on Sunday to take command of a team of truce observers.

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