Double attack in Damascus

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Two bombs have rocked the Syrian capital Damascus.

The main rebel group in the country, The Free Syrian Army, has claimed reponsibility for the attacks on the main military headquarters, which it said caused dozens of fatalities. President Bashar al-Assad’s government disputed the claims with state television reporting that four people lost their lives. Material damage to the compound is believed to be extensive.

Following the two bombs, which exploded ten minutes apart, local residents reported hearing smaller explosions and exchanges of gunfire.

Security measures have been stepped up making travel in Damascus difficult.

The attacks come just days after the Free Syrian Army announced it had moved its main command from neighbouring Turkey back to Syria in an attempt to strengthen its fight against the al-Assad regime.