Syria: Soldier killed in rare Damascus bombing
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.
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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