At least eight killed and 12 wounded after explosions in Damascus downtown

By Oliviero Reusser

In the early hours of Sunday morning, the first day of work after Eid al-Fitr on the 27. June, which marks the end of Ramadan, atleast three explosions happened in Damascus downtown. 

According to a statement released by the official Syrian State media, SANA, there were a total of three car bombs. Police and security forces identified al three of them and managed to intercept and stop two of them, while the third one detonated itself, killing atleast 8 civilians and wounding 12 others, near the Tahrir Square in downtown Damascus.

This is not the first time such bombings happen in Damascus, which is regularly targeted by ISIS aswell as other extremist groups, for example Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which killed several dozen people during attacks earlier this year. It is likely that the suicide bombers were aiming for an even bigger casualty toll by detonating themselves in a busy market or something similar; their target could also have been a highly influential political or military figure. This attack so far remains unclaimed.

Rough locations of today's explosions in Damascus city, via wikimapia

Rough locations of today's explosions in Damascus city, via wikimapia