Syria: 25 Dead After Bomb Blast in Damascus

Friday, January 06, 2012

People gather at the site of a powerful explosion that hit the Midan neighbourhood in of Damascus on January 6, 2012 as state media said a suicide bomb attack ripped through the Syrian capital. (STR/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

At least 25 are dead and dozens more are injured after a suicide attacker's bomb detonated in a crowded district in central Damascus, according to Syrian state television. In the second attack on the Syrian capital in two weeks, the attack was carried out on Friday morning in a busy section of the Midan neighborhood. State media blamed "terrorists." The attack preceded protests scheduled for later Friday. Demonstrators are calling for Arab League peace observers to turn over their mission to the United Nations.

Jon Donnison, correspondent for the BBC, reports on the latest from Beirut. Anthony Shadid of The New York Times also gives an update on the latest developments.

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