DAMASCUS, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- A booby-trapped car bombing tore through the garage of the Police Headquarters in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday evening, killing one policeman, as the military showdown continued in many hotspots nationwide between the government troops and the armed rebels, the state-run SANA news agency reported,
The car exploded inside the police headquarters' garage after an explosive device attached to it went off while the car was parked, said SANA, adding that one police member was killed, while others were slightly injured.
The report said the blast also left material damages to the headquarters and nearby buildings and also set a number of parked cars ablaze.
The police command center is located at Khaled Bin al-Walid Street in al- Fahammeh area, which is usually crowded with people and passersby.
The pro-government Sham FM radio quoted the head of the police headquarters, Brigadier Ibrahim Ibrahim, as assuring that all the police staffers are fine.
The blast is the latest in a series of endless circle of violence that has engulfed a number of areas across Syria.
The last major blast rocked the military command headquarters in Damascus two weeks ago and killed four army personnel. Later on, al-Qaida-linked group al-Nusra claimed credit for the blast.
Sunday's brazen blast has come as the Syrian army has reportedly dealt deadly blows to the armed insurgents in a number of Syrian cities, mainly in the northern province of Aleppo, where Sham FM said 60 armed men were killed by the Syrian troops Sunday at Bustan al-Qaser area.
Meanwhile, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of activists on ground, said that violent clashes took place at al-Midan district in Aleppo as the armed rebels have been pushing to storm a security installation there.
The Observatory also reported clashes and shelling elsewhere and placed the death toll of Sunday's grinding violence at 120.
It said the toll includes 60 unarmed civilians, including six children, 21 rebel fighters, 4 defected soldiers and 29 government forces.
Yet, such accounts are impossible of being checked independently.