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Twin explosions rock Syrian capital as state TV reports 'suicide attacks'
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) ' State TV says twin explosions that shook the heart of the Syrian capital Friday were from suicide car bombs that may have been the work of al-Qaida militants.
State TV has made no mention of casualties. The blasts are the first such attack in the Syrian capital since the start of the uprising against President Bashar Assad in March anad come a day after the arrival of an team of Arab League observers.
An Associated Press reporter in Damascus says the blasts went off within a minute of one another in the Kfar Sousa district, where the state security and intelligence buildings are located. Residents report hearing gunfire afterward.
Syria has portrayed the nine-month uprising in Syria as the work of terrorist extremists and armed gangs.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) ' Syrian state TV and witnesses say two loud explosions have rocked the Syrian capital.
The TV says Friday's explosions were caused by separate "terrorist operations" that targeted the state security building and another security facility in Damascus.
The report says the initial investigation shows involvement by al-Qaida.
An Associated Press reporter in Damascus says the blasts went off within a minute of one another in the Kfar Sousa district and sent thick clouds of smoke billowing into the sky.
The explosions came a day after the arrival of an Arab League advance team of observers under a plan to resolve the country's crisis.