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At least 16 Syrian troops believed killed in Damascus car bomb

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At least 16 Syrian troops believed killed in Damascus car bomb

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A car bomb in the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus has killed at least 16 members of the country’s security forces, according to a British-based monitoring group.

The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the device was detonated by a suicide bomber from the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front.

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Syrian state TV reported the blast, saying several had been killed in what it described as a “terrorist bombing”.

Activists have said the bomb was targeting a checkpoint and rebels are battling to take another one nearby.

It is understood that Syrian fighter jets have retaliated the car bombing, striking nearby opposition held areas.

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More than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria’s two-and-a-half year-long conflict.

International efforts to stop the bloodshed have stuttered for months. Russia and the US are now planning to hold peace talks in Geneva next month.