Car Bombs Hit Damascus

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Damaged vehicles and rubble are strewn along the street following twin bomb attacks on security buildings in the capital Damascus on March 17, 2012.

Two car bombs hit the Syrian capital of Damascus early Saturday morning, killing at least 27 security forces and civilians, according to state-run TV, which broadcast the horrific carnage. The blasts reportedly targeted the government’s aviation-intelligence and criminal-security department buildings. A reporter from the Associated Press said shooting broke out shortly after the explosions—the latest in a string of suicide bombings that have killed dozens of people since late December. President Bashar al-Assad’s regime again blamed “terrorist forces” for the attacks, though the opposition says government forces had strategically set up the bombings to tarnish their reputation.