A day after car bombings killed at least 55 people in Damascus, another attempted suicide attack has been foiled according to Syrian state TV.
The international community has condemned Thursday’s blasts, for which there has been no claim of responsibility.
State media now says security forces have killed a suicide bomber who planned to blow up 1,200 kg of explosives in a car in the northern city of Aleppo.
Officials accuse ‘foreign-backed terrorists’ of being behind the carnage in the capital. However, Burhan Ghalioun, leader of the main opposition Syrian National Council, points the finger of blame at the regime itself, accusing it of colluding with al Qaeda.
He suggests suspicious timing, saying the attacks came after the army was compelled to remove heavy artillery from cities under international mediator Kofi Annan’s peace plan.
Ghalioun accuses the regime of using terrorist tactics to try to kill off the plan, which involves the deployment of UN observers. Despite a nominal ceasefire, bloodshed has continued.