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1 killed in bombing of military bus in Damascus

A man rides a scooter after a snowfall in countryside near Damascus, Syria, January 21, 2022. The poster shows Syrian leader Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/Omar Sanadiki)
A man rides a scooter after a snowfall in countryside near Damascus, Syria, January 21, 2022. The poster shows Syrian leader Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/Omar Sanadiki)

A bomb attached to a bus carrying Syrian troops in Damascus explodes, killing one soldier and wounding 11, state TV reports.

The blast occurs during rush hour at a customs roundabout near the capital’s landmark Omayyad Square, according to the report. It gives no further details. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Such attacks have occurred in Damascus in recent months amid an otherwise calm period in the capital. Government forces captured rebel-held eastern neighborhoods of the city in 2018.

Government forces now control much of Syria with the help of President Bashar Assad’s allies Russia and Iran, while rebels are mostly cornered in the country’s northwestern province of Idlib. US and Turkish troops, meanwhile, are deployed in parts of the country’s north and east.

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