Explosion near Damascus hotel causes casualties - state TV

AMMAN Sun Nov 4, 2012 5:18am EST

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AMMAN Nov 4 (Reuters) - An explosion occurred outside the premises of a state-controlled labour union behind a hotel in the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday, causing casualties, state television said.

The blast, which the television described as "terrorist" - the government's word for rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, took place in the union's parking lot. It gave no more immediate details.

Opposition activists said the explosion was near heavily-guarded army installations in the heart of the capital.

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