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Syria: Soldier killed in rare Damascus bombing 

At least 11 others wounded in blast caused by explosive device planted in military transport bus
Syrian security forces stand guard as a charred bus is removed from the site of a bomb attack on an army bus in Damascus on 20 October 2021 (AFP)

A Syrian army soldier was killed and 11 others wounded on Tuesday when an explosive device planted in a military transport bus went off in Damascus.

The bombing near the customs roundabout in al-Barakma area in the Syrian capital happened at 7:25am local time, state news agency Sana reported. 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based war monitor, put the number of injuries at 14, five with serious wounds. 

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The bombing in the government-controlled capital comes four months after a similar blast killed 14 soldiers near Jisr al-Raes in Damascus city centre. 

Despite a decade of conflict, such bombings in Damascus have been rare since President Bashar al-Assad regained control of the capital in 2018 with the military backing of Russia and Iran. 

The conflict in Syria started after Assad's government crushed a peaceful uprising in 2011 which then dragged the country into civil war. 

Helped by his allies, Assad now controls most of the country.

North-east Syria is controlled by US-backed Kurdish forces, while Idlib is controlled by hardline rebel groups.

The northwestern province, home to three million internally displaced people, faces regular Russian-backed government shelling. 

On Saturday, six civilians including women and children were killed in government bombing in Idlib.

The war in Syria has killed around half a million people and displaced millions more, according to SOHR.

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