Suicide attacks, car bomb kill at least 8 in Syrian capital

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Associated Press

Posted on June 23, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 23 at 12:36 PM

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — At least eight people are reported dead in the latest violence in the Syrian capital.

The state-run news agency SANA says suicide bombers targeted security compounds in Damascus and a car bomb exploded in a pro-regime district.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the explosions, but they bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida-linked groups that have joined forces with rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Assad.

In northern Syria, activists say a car bomb killed 12 soldiers in Aleppo.

The attacks in Syria's two largest cities came as government forces pressed an offensive on the outskirts of the capital.

More than 93,000 people have been killed in Syrian conflict that started in March 2011 as peaceful protest against Assad's rule.

In the past year, the war has taken on sectarian overtones, and has increasingly spilled across Syria's borders.

In neighboring Lebanon today, clashes erupted between Lebanese military and supporters of a hardline Sunni cleric. The army says six Lebanese soldiers were killed.

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