Multiple car bombings kill 32 in Homs Syria

At least 32 people dead in multiple bombings in regime held Homs, at least 90 others are wounded

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Syrians carry the body of a victim on a stretcher after Syrian government air strikes on a residential area in the opposition-controlled Rastan town of Homs, Syria on November 04, 2014.

At least 32 people have been killed and 90 others injured on Monday after three explosions in a Syrian regime-held district in central Homs, local sources have told Anadolu Agency.

Syrian-regime TV put the death toll at a much lower level of six dead and 37 wounded.

The first blast was a suicide bomber who detonated his explosive belt after a gunshot caused crowding at a square in the Al Zahraa district. This was followed by a second explosion which was a car bomb, right after that an improvised explosive device went off in the same area.

Most of the injuries are considered severe, so the death toll is expected to rise, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Footage on Syrian TV showed people milling around the sites of the blasts as fire fighters tried to put out the fires and an ambulance rushed to the scene.

Although no group has announced responsibility for the attack, this is the second major attack in the same Homs district, in December 12, a DAESH attack claimed the lives of 25 people in the same district.

A ceasefire between regime forces and rebel forces was sealed in Homs earlier this month, paving the way for the Syrian regime to take over the last rebel-controlled area of Homs.

Under the Homs ceasefire deal, at least 700 insurgent fighters and members of their families left the last rebel-controlled area of the city, al Waer district. The United Nations presided over the implementation of the deal.

Throughout the Syrian conflict which started in March 2011, over 350,000 people have died, most of whom were killed by the Assad regime.

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