Car bomb blasts kill 8 in Golan
BEIRUT - Twin car bomb blasts in the Syrian-controlled part of the Golan Heights killed eight people on Friday, activists said, as Syria’s government called on its citizens who have fled the country during the civil war to come home — including opponents of the regime.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said two cars packed with explosives blew up near a military intelligence building in the town of Quneitra on Thursday, killing eight. Most of the dead were members of the Syrian military, the Observatory said. The Syrian government has not commented on the attacks.

There was no claim of responsibility for the blasts. Car bombs and suicide attacks targeting Syrian troops and government institutions have been the hallmark of Islamic militants fighting in Syria alongside rebels trying to topple Assad.

Quneitra is on the cease-fire line between Syria and Israel, which controls most of the Golan Heights after occupying the strategic territory from Syria in the 1967 war.
Posted by: Steve White 2013-01-26