Damascus Blasts: At Least 60 Dead in Bombings Near Sayeda Zeinab Shrine

January 31, 2016 3:26 PM

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Damascus Blasts: At Least 60 Dead in Bombings Near Sayeda Zeinab Shrine

BEIRUT/AMMAN — At least 60 people were killed, including 25 Shi'ite fighters, and dozens wounded on Sunday by a car bomb and two suicide bombers in a district of Damascus where Syria's holiest Shi'ite shrine is located, a monitor said.

Sunni fundamentalist Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, according to Amaq, a news agency that supports the group. It said two operations "hit the most important stronghold of Shi'ite militias in Damascus".

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