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Triple suicide attack near Damascus police HQ: ministry


Damascus : Three suicide bombers blew themselves up near the main police headquarters building in Syria’s capital Damascus today, killing at least two people, the interior ministry said.

The attack is the second time in a month that suicide attackers have targeted the capital, which has often been insulated from the worst of the violence in the war-torn country.

Two of the suicide bombers detonated their explosives in front of the police HQ on Khaled Bin al-Walid street in central Damascus, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by state media. “The terrorist suicide attackers tried to storm the police command headquarters… The guards opened fire on them, forcing them to blow themselves up before they entered the building and achieved their goals,” it added. Police surrounded a third attacker behind the building who also blew himself up, the statement said. The interior ministry said two people had been killed and six wounded in the attack, among them two children.

Damascus police chief Mohammed Khairu Ismail told reporters at the scene of the attack that one of the dead was a policeman who tried to stop the bombers.