DAMASCUS, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- A booby-trapped car went off Sunday near an elementary school in Syria's central Homs province, killing five students and two school workers, the state-run SANA news agency reported.
The explosive-laden car went off near the school in the eastern countryside of Homs province, SANA said, noting that the death toll may increase.
The east of Homs has re-emerged as a hotspot with renewed clashes between government troops and jihadist-linked groups.
Several schools in Syria have been attacked by mortars and bombs and many students lost their lives as a result of the violence. The last incident took place in November when five schoolchildren were killed by a mortar shell that struck their mini bus in the capital Damascus.
Many Syrians have stopped sending their kids to schools out of fears of similar attacks, especially those in areas suffering daily mortar shelling by the rebels from hotspots near Damascus.
Violence intensifies in Syria as peace talks postponed
DAMASCUS, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Explosions and mortar attacks intensified on Wednesday in the unrest-torn country, leaving tens of people killed and wounded, a day after the long-awaited peace conference on Syria was postponed due to the division among the exiled Syrian opposition groups.
As many as 25 mortar shells slammed into several districts of the capital Damascus on Wednesday and a deadly car bomb left tens of people killed and wounded in the southern province of Sweida, according to local media reports. The media said the rebels were behind the attacks. Full story