Car bomb in Damascus kills seven, wounds 15: monitoring group

DAMASCUS Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:24am EDT

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DAMASCUS (Reuters) - A car bomb killed at least seven civilians on Tuesday when it exploded in a southern Damascus neighborhood, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 15 people had also been injured in the blast, which hit the district of Tadamon, where President Bashar al-Assad's forces have been fighting rebels for months.

Syrian state television said "terrorists" were behind the explosion, a term it commonly uses to refer to rebels who are fighting to topple Assad.

The Britain-based Observatory, which has a network of activists across Syria, said the blast had destroyed several buildings.

What began as a peaceful pro-democracy movement 2-1/2 years ago has turned into a civil war in which more than 100,000 people have died.

(Reporting By Stephen Kalin; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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