Syria: Car bomb targets military compound

Security agencies in several Syrian cities have been targeted by a wave of explosions since late last year.

Zeenews Bureau

Damascus: An explosive-laden vehicle went off in Syria’s eastern Dier al-Zour province on Saturday, targeting a parking lot of military, housing establishment, and casing unspecified number of casualties, pro-government al-Ekhbaria TV reported.

The blast occurred at Masaken Ghazi Ayyash area, said the report, disclosing no further details.

An opposition group, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported that the car bomb went off near where the city branches of the Military Intelligence Directorate and Air Force Intelligence are located.

Security agencies in several Syrian cities have been targeted by a wave of explosions since late last year, raising fears that al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants, possibly including fighters from neighbouring Iraq, have made strong inroads into Syria`s rebel movement.

Deir el-Zour is about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the Iraqi border. Saturday`s blast came a day after the state-run news agency SANA reported that authorities foiled an attempt to blow up a car rigged with explosives in the city and detained those involved.

(With Agencies’ inputs)