A series of deadly blasts have ripped through Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, killing at least 40 people and wounding dozens more.
The attacks occurred within minutes of each other in Saadallah al Jabiri Square, a government-controlled district close to a military officers’ club.
The force of the impact tore off the facades of many of the multi-storey buildings on the square and left a deep crater in the road. Four explosive devices are thought to have been placed inside cars.
Syrian state television has broadcast footage of three dead men dressed in army fatigues who are said to have been killed by security forces before they could detonate booby-trapped belts they were wearing.
Rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad announced last week a new offensive in the city, but neither side has appeared to make significant gains so far.