Twin attack in Syria kill at least 31 people

Two suicide bombings hit the Syrian capital of Damascus on Wednesday, killing dozens as the country’s war entered its seventh year.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in the capital’s main judicial building early in the afternoon, killing at least 31 people and wounding 102 others, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported.

A second attacker detonated himself at a restaurant in the Rabweh area of Damascus, according to SANA, wounding at least 28 people.

The attack on capital’s Palace of Justice, located near the famous and crowded Hamidiyeh market in Damascus, was the latest in a spate of explosions and suicide attacks targeting government-controlled areas in Syria and its capital.

Attackers have also twice struck the government-held city of Homs in the past few weeks

Analysts who follow Syria have predicted that as rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad suffer military setbacks, they will increasingly turn to guerrilla attacks in territory controlled by the government.

Damascus police Chief Mohammad Kheir Ismail told state TV that a man wearing a military uniform and carrying a shotgun and grenades arrived to entrance of the palace in the early afternoon.

The guards stopped the man, took away his arms and asked to search him. At that point, the man hurled himself inside the building and detonated his explosives, the chief said.

Source Aljazeera and Mareeg

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The author is a senior freelance journalist based Somali capital Mogadishu