Deadly car bombs kill at least 48 in Syria`s Aleppo

Buildings were reduced to rubble leaving people trapped as some explosives-laden cars detonated near a military club.

Last Updated: Oct 03, 2012, 18:42 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Aleppo: Multiple suicide car bombings were reported near a military club in the heart of Syria’s largest city Aleppo on Wednesday, killing at least 48 and injuring over 100, officials said.

Nearby buildings were reduced to rubble leaving scores of people trapped as some explosives-laden cars detonated near a military club at the Saadallah al-Jabri square, causing three explosions.

A forth car bomb went off near the Chamber of Commerce, causing more casualties, activists said.

Aleppo-based activist Mohammad Saeed said that the blasts were followed by clashes and heavy gunfire.

Pictures of the blast site were broadcast by one Ikhbariya TV which flashed the footages of buildings levelled to ground and bodies being pulled out of the damaged buildings.

The visuals also showed a crater in the road, signifying high intensity of the explosions.

Syrian state TV said that it was a work of “terrorists” – the term Syrian regime uses for the rebels trying to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported that explosions went off following a clash between guards at the officer`s club and gunmen, suggesting the attacks may have been suicide bombings.

Aleppo, Syria`s commercial hub and largest city, has seen intensified fighting between regime forces and rebels trying to oust President Bashar Assad, especially after the fighters launched a new offensive last week. But it has not been the target of frequent suicide attacks, and Wednesday`s stunning wave of explosions caused panic and fear among residents.

With Agency Inputs