DAMASCUS, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- 15 people were killed Saturday evening when a booby-trapped car exploded at a restive suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus, making it the third car bomb blast that hit the unrest-torn country in one single bloody day.
The car went off near Muaz Bin Jabal mosque in the Sbaineh suburb, the state-run SANA news agency said, adding that 15 civilians had been killed.
The Sbaineh area is dominated by Palestinian refugees.
Meanwhile, SANA said the bodies of the killed people had been torn into pieces due to the intensity of the blast, adding that property damages have also been caused.
Earlier in the day, an explosive device ripped through an army officer's car in the Damascus district of Rukn Addien, killing the officer and injuring others, the state media said.
In eastern Deir al-Zour province, one person was killed and two kids were injured when a suicide car bomb exploded Saturday, pro- government al-Ekhbaria TV said, giving no further details.
In the meantime, SANA said that a total of 341 detainees who had been imprisoned during the unrest were released Saturday.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said violent clashes took place Saturday in Aleppo, Idlib, Deir al-Zour, Homs, Hama, Daraa and suburbs of Damascus.
The Local Coordination Committees, another activists' network, said 156 people had been killed in Syria Saturday. Yet their reports were impossible of being verified independently.
DAMASCUS, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Syria, while struggling with rampant violence on ground, has also emerged as a dividing point in the international community that has so far failed to truly contribute a solution to the troubled Arab state.
The violence, which has engulfed Syria over the past year and a half, does not seem to be backing off, but on the contrary, it is still gaining momentum and bringing new dim details that were once unthinkable to ever occur in the tightly controlled state. Full story