Syria `foils bomb attack in Aleppo`

Syrian security forces killed the bomber, who had 1,200 kg of explosives in the car.

Zeenews Bureau

Beirut: Syrian forces thwarted an attempted suicide car bombing in the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, state TV said.

According to the TV, the security forces killed the bomber, who had 1,200 kg of explosives in the car.

However, Syrian activists in Aleppo dismissed the report as "a lie".

"It is not in the interests of the (rebel) Free Syrian Army to stage attacks on a Friday," activist Mohammad al-Halabi told a news

Opposition activists have accused the Syrian government of staging bomb attacks in a bid to discredit them.
On Thursday, at least 55 people were killed and more than 370, including military personnel, were wounded when two suicide bombers triggered massive blasts in the Syrian capital, the Interior Ministry said.

The deafening explosions took place around 7.50 am in an area that houses a military intelligence complex, Xinhua reported.

The suicide bombers riding booby-trapped vehicles detonated themselves, ripping off the facade of the compound and leaving twisted debris and burnt civilian cars. Around 1,000 kg of explosives were used in the bombing.

The head of the UN Observers` mission, Major General Robert Modd, said the blast is "horrible".

He said "terrorism doesn`t pose a solution to the Syrian crisis".

The twin blasts is the latest in a string of bombings that have targeted dozens of military and security compounds across the country.

The latest major attack occurred in April, when a suicide bomber detonated himself near a security forces bus, killing nine of them. The Syrian government blamed previous attacks on al Qaeda.

According to the UN, more than 9,000 people have been killed in Syria since the outbreak of a popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011.

(With IANS inputs)