1981 Azbakiyah bombing
|1981 Azbakiyah bombing|
|Part of the Islamist uprising in Syria|
|Date||29 November 1981|
|Target||Intelligence agencies complex in al-Azbakiyah neighborhood|
|Deaths||64 Syrian civilians and military men|
|Perpetrators||Syrian Muslim Brotherhood or the Front for the Liberation of Lebanon from Foreigners|
The 1981 Azbakiyah bombing (Arabic: تفجير الأزبكية) was a terrorist car bomb attack that rocked the densely populated al-Azbakiyah neighborhood of central Damascus in Syria on 29 November 1981. The explosion, which took place in front of a school in Baghdad Street, close to a complex of intelligence agencies, destroyed three five-story apartment buildings, and killed 64 civilians and military men. The attack was blamed on the Muslim Brotherhood which was waging an insurrection against the government of Hafez al-Assad at the time.
However, a group calling itself the Organisation for the Liberation of Lebanon from Foreigners claimed responsibility for the bombing. It is believed to be the same group as the Israeli-backed Front for the Liberation of Lebanon from Foreigners, which was responsible for a series of bombings in Lebanon, which killed 146 people.
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- "Wire Fences Hung in Damascus as Security Measure". Los Angeles Times. December 28, 1981.
- "BOMB EXPLOSION IN SYRIA KILLS 64 AND HURTS 135 IN CROWDED AREA". Associated Press. Retrieved 2018-04-13.