Multiple blasts in Aleppo kill at least 40
Four explosions tore through a government-controlled district close to a military officers' club in Aleppo, killing at least 40 people and injuring more than 90 on Wednesday, according to opposition activists. The attacks, within minutes of each other, hit the main Saadallah al-Jabiri Square and a fifth bomb exploded a few hundred meters away, on the fringes of the Old City.
A state television reporter said, "Five minutes after the first explosion a second bomb exploded. A third exploded ten minutes after that. There was a fourth car bomb which exploded before engineering units could defuse it."
The station also broadcast footage of three dead men disguised as soldiers in army fatigues who it said were shot by security forces before they could detonate their explosive-packed belts. One appeared to be holding a trigger device in his hand.
Aleppo is now split in two with Assad's forces concentrated in the west and rebels in the east. Several large demonstrations in support of the president have been held in Saadallah al-Jabiri square.
Pro-Assad al-Ikhbariya TV showed footage of four dead men, including one dust-covered body being pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building and loaded onto the back of a pickup truck. Many of the tall buildings on the square had their facades ripped off and there was a deep crater in the road.
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