Two large explosions in the Syrian capital of Damascus have killed 40 people injuring more 170.
State television showed pictures of the immediate aftermath of what it reported were, “two terrorist” explosions saying they were the deadliest to hit the capital since the revolt began.
The blasts damaged a military intelligence complex involved in President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on a 14-month uprising.
The footage – the first images said the report from the scene – showed mangled and burnt cars some with bodies still in them. There was a large crater in the road, at least one lorry had been overturned.
The explosions happened a day after a bomb blast near U.N. observers and less than two weeks after Syrian authorities said a suicide bomber killed at least nine people in Damascus.
One agency claims the head of the UN observer mission in Syria is visiting the site.