32 Killed in Attacks on Syrian Security Buildings

At least 32 people were killed Saturday when attackers stormed two security offices in Syria’s Homs, leaving a top security official who heads the country’s military intelligence among the victims, authorities said. Talal Barzani, the governor of Homs, told the Associated Press there were three explosions, with the attackers wearing suicide belts that they set off in the buildings. A group called the Levant Liberation Committee, an al-Qaida linked group, claimed responsibility for the attack, one of the biggest attacks on security forces in the six-year war. The group said it set off bombs near checkpoints outside the building as rescuers arrived, causing more carnage. Syria’s state-controlled media said Maj. Gen Hassan Daeboul, head of the local military intelligence, was killed in the attack, and Brigadier Ibrahim Darwish, head of the State Security Branch, was seriously wounded. It was not immediately clear if any civilians were among the victims.