Bombing in Syria's Homs kills 15: state media
December 03, 2012 - 12:00:00 am
DAMASCUS: Fifteen civilians were killed in a bomb attack on Sunday in a government-held district of the central Syrian city of Homs, state media reported.
"A terrorist attack struck the Hamra district of Homs," the state SANA news agency said, adding that it killed 15 people and wounded 24. State television said it was a car bombing.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights too reported a car bombing in Homs but reported fewer casualties.
"At least seven civilians were killed in a car bomb explosion near the sports stadium," it said, adding that many of the wounded were in a critical condition so the death toll was likely to rise.
Amateur video footage posted online by opposition activists showed the bodies of at least three victims, including a woman buried in the rubble of a building as a car burned not far away.
Another video showed a car turned upside down on a pavement, as other vehicles blazed nearby.
A third video showed an injured child lying in hospital, wailing in pain.
Homs is Syria's third largest city and was one of the cradles of the armed uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, earning it the monicker of "capital of the revolution" from opposition activists.
The city suffered devastating violence early this year but for the past six months the army has preferred to keep mainly Sunni Arab rebel-held districts around the centre under suffocating siege rather than an launching all-out assault. (AFP)