A suicide car bomber blew himself up at a police officers' club in a residential district of Damascus on Tuesday, killing several people, Syrian regime officials said in a statement and DAESH has claimed responsibility.
The death toll hit 20 with at least 40 also wounded in the blast in Masaken Barzeh, a middle class district where several major buildings are located.
The statement said that security forces prevented the suicide bomber from entering the heavily patrolled complex and that the blast took place at its gates.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks violence across the country, said eight regime police officers were killed in the blast and at least 20 were wounded after a vehicle was detonated in a parking lot in the police officers' club.
Regime officials said security forces prevented the suicide bomber from entering the heavily patrolled complex and the blast occurred at its gates.
Syrian state television earlier reported that the blast took place in a busy market place in that area. It later retracted the news.
The last major blast in the Syrian capital took place on January 31 in a district of Damascus where Syria's holiest Shi'ite shrine is located. The blast which killed over 70 people, including at least 25 pro-regime militants, was claimed by the DAESH terrorist group.