Posted by Joshua on Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
Explosion Kills 1 in Syria's Capital
By ALBERT AJI
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — An explosion late Tuesday in a residential neighborhood in Syria's capital killed at least one person, destroyed a parked car and shattered windows in nearby buildings, witnesses and a news report said.
The cause of the explosion, which occurred about 10:45 p.m. in the upscale Kafar Soussa area, was not immediately known. Security forces sealed off the area and removed the destroyed car.
Al-Jazeera, the pan-Arab satellite television station, reported that at least one person was killed in the explosion.
A neighbor saw a body covered with a white sheet on the ground, the neighbor said on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. The identity of the victim was not immediately known.
Security forces kept reporters and onlookers at a distance from the blast.
Calls for comment from Syria's Interior Ministry, which is responsible for security forces, went unanswered late Tuesday night.
Residents, some in their pajamas, gathered to inspect the damage, carefully stepping around shards of glass and debris. Three other cars parked nearby were also damaged, their windows shattered and doors blown out.
There are no government buildings located in the mostly residential neighborhood.
According to the independent Syria-news website, a silver Mitsubishi Pajero car exploded in the neighborhood of an Iranian school in Kafer Suseh and damaged five nearby cars and surrounding building. An Iranian diplomat here confirmed to Xinhua the explosion near the Iranian school which teaches religion to Iranian students.
But the explosion did not targeted the Iranian school, said the diplomat. The Syrian authorities gave no official confirmation.
Kafer Suseh is a large residential area in Damascus which houses dozens of apartment buildings constructed in recent years, a big shopping mall and a main Syrian intelligence office.
Some sources are trying to make a link to Islamist extremists who may be trying to target Iran. The point to the presence of an Iranian school in the neighborhood and the planned visit on Wednesday of Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki to discuss the political crisis in neighbouring Lebanon. But the attack did not seem to target the school.