Two dead in Damascus police headquarters attack

Elias Hubbard
October 12, 2017

In a statement released via the Telegram messaging app, the militant group said two attackers "entered the headquarters building and fought with those inside. then detonated their explosive vests".

Suicide bombers tried to storm the main police headquarters building and clashed with guards before detonating their explosive devices outside on Wednesday, Syrian state television reported.

According to the same source, police managed to corner a third suicide bomber - who also blew himself up - at the entrance of the clothing market.

Three suicide bombers attacked a police centre in Damascus on Wednesday.

The attacks left two people dead and another six injured, SANA quoted local police officials as saying.

Rebel factions hold a small pocket of territory south of Damascus, bordered to the west by an Islamic State enclave and surrounded from the other sides by Syrian troops and allied forces. But several such attacks have hit Damascus in recent years, including a auto bomb that killed 20 people in July.

A US-led global coalition has been providing air support to a Kurdish-Arab alliance, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), also fighting ISIL in its former northern bastion of Raqqa city and Deir Az Zor.

More than 330,000 people have been killed in Syria since the country's conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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