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Opposition activists say 31 dead in Damascus blast

Opposition activists say at least 31 people have been killed in a car bomb attack in Damascus near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy.

The Associated Press

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DAMASCUS, Syria —

Opposition activists say at least 31 people have been killed in a car bomb attack in Damascus near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy.

The Britain-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said most of the dead were civilians, but members of the Syrian security services were also killed in Thursday's attack.

Witnesses and opposition activists said the explosion targeted a security checkpoint central Mazraa neighborhood.

Syrian state TV also reported the blast, calling it a "terrorist" attack by a suicide bomber on a heavily populated area.

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