March 2012 Damascus bombings

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March 2012 Damascus Bombings
Part of the Syrian civil war
Damascus-map.png
Damascus highlighted within Syria
Location Damascus
Date 17 March 2012
7:30 AM[1]
Target Government security buildings[1]
Attack type
car bombings[1]
Deaths 27[1]
Non-fatal injuries
140
Perpetrators al-Nusra Front

The March 2012 Damascus bombings were two large car bombs that exploded in front of the air intelligence and criminal security headquarters in the Syrian capital of Damascus. At least 27 people were reported killed and over a 140 injured in the fourth major bombing since the beginning of the uprising and the second in the city. As in previous cases, the government quickly placed the blame on terrorists and foreign groups, while the opposition blamed it for orchestrating attacks to divert attention from its atrocities. [2][3]

Background[edit]

The bombing came near the date of the one year anniversary of the 2011-2012 Syrian uprising. There had already been two bombings in Damascus and one in Aleppo. Another Aleppo car bombing came the next day, followed by a car bombing in Daraa.

Bombings[edit]

Two large car bombs exploded on March 17, 2012 at 7:30 AM[1] in front of the air intelligence and criminal security headquarters in the Syrian capital of Damascus. At least 27 people were reported killed and over a 140 injured.

The government placed the blame on terrorists and foreign groups, while the opposition blamed it for orchestrating attacks to divert attention from its atrocities.[2][3]

Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the al-Nusra Front.[4]

Perpetrators[edit]

al-Nusra Front is a jihadist group which also claims responsibility for the earlier al-Midan bombing and the Aleppo bombings.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Twin car bombs kill dozens in Damascus". Al Jazeera. 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  2. ^ a b "At least 27 killed as twin bombings strike Damascus security structures (VIDEO, PHOTOS)". Russia Today. 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  3. ^ a b "Twin bombings in Damascus kill at least 27, almost 100 hurt". Reuters. 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  4. ^ "Islamist group claims Syria bombs ‘to avenge Sunnis’". Al Arabiya. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.