DAMASCUS, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- A booby-trapped car went off Thursday in front of a governmental research center in the Syrian capital of Damascus, leaving at least four people dead and many others wounded, the state-media reported.
The car exploded near a government-run Industrial Research Facility at the Somarieh suburb, the state TV said.
The TV channel, meanwhile, aired footage of the blast site, showing piles of debris, burnt shops and cars, as the Somarieh area houses a residential compound of Syrian army and police officers along with various shops.
The blast comes at a time the Syrian administration is under tremendous international pressure as the U.S. administration is garnering support behind its planned military action on Syria.
The threats of military strike followed rebels' allegations that the Syrian government unleashed nerve gas attacks in the countryside of Damascus last month.
The Damascus government strongly denied it, saying that the allegations are meant to draw in military action against Syria, something the rebels have been craving for.
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