Damascus bombings kill 40, wound 170: state TV
Forty people were killed and 170 others were wounded in two successive powerful explosions that shook the Syrian capital early on Thursday, the state reported, as both the government and the opposition traded blames over the cause of the bombings.

The state television said the two “terrorist attacks” killed and wounded dozens “on the freeway in the south of Damascus.” The television added that the blasts occurred “as people were heading to work and children to school.”

It showed footage of the blasts with mangled bodies lay in the street amid the carcasses of shouldering vehicles.

Major General Robert Mood, chief of a U.N. observer mission in Syria, visited the site to survey the aftermath, Al Arabiya correspondent reported

Haitham al-Maleh, of the opposition Syrian National Council, accused the regime in Damascus of masterminding the bombings, while London-based Syrian activist and journalist Bassam Jaara described the bombings as “the regime’s response to the U.N. condemnation of its acts.”
Posted by: tipper 2012-05-10