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Damascus suicide bombing: Death toll rises to 20

| Updated: Jul 03, 2017 08:38 IST

Damascus [Syria], July 3 (ANI): The death toll in Damascus suicide bombing rose to 20 people were killed in a suicide bombing in central Damascus, according to the Syrian foreign ministry. The foreign ministry in a letter to the United Nations Security Council said that the blast in the Bab Touma area also wounded dozens of women and children, reported the CNN. Furthermore, Syria's Health Minister Nizar Yazigi revealed that the injuries ranged from minor to severe. The incident took place during a hot pursuit by the security forces wherein they were pursuing three cars and in the midst intercepted two and destroyed them. However, when the forces closed in on the third car near the city's Al-Tahrir Square, the suicide bomber onboard detonated it, thereby, leaving casualties. This attack came after two suicide bomb attacks killed more than 15 people in Damascus on March 15. The Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the attack. Similarly, a double suicide attack on March 11 killed scores of people, mostly Iraqi Shi'ite Muslims. (ANI)