Car Bomb Explodes by Damascus School

    A blaze rages at the scene of a deadly car bomb explosion which rocked central Damascus on April 8, 2013. The blast, which was followed by intense gunfire, occurred near the Syrian central bank causing deaths and injuries, according to Syria's state television. AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA        (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Children are believed to be among those killed and wounded by a car bomb that exploded near a school and central bank in a bustling and residential part of the Syrian capital Monday. Loud gunfire was heard in Damascus as a cloud of thick smoke rose from the blast, which blew windows out of several nearby buildings and set a number of cars on fire. Syria has been embroiled in violence for two years now, and at least 70,000 people have died in that time.

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