Blast rocks Syria Intelligence Building, 40 killed

Blast rocks Syria Intelligence Building, 40 killed

Damascus : Syria | May 10, 2012 at 2:20 AM PDT
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Syrian security officials survey the site of an explosion at an intelligence building in Damascus

Unfortunately, bomb explosions and terrorist attacks are fast becoming a part of the Syrian life. The movement against President Bashar al-Assad was largely peaceful and pro-democracy people believed in removing the regime through nonviolent protest demonstrations. Now, it seems the rebels have been getting training and explosive material from somewhere to rock the country. The phenomenon should be shocking for the international community as well, as it would only legitimize the dictator’s point of view that the regime was faced with terrorists and armed rebels.

On Thursday morning, two powerful explosions ripped through the capital Damascus in quick succession. The state-run television reported that more than 40 people were killed, while 170 received critical injuries. Observers say that Syria Intelligence Headquarters was target of the explosions and building was damaged heavily. However, it is not immediately clear if intelligence officials also became victims of the blasts.

Shortly after the explosions, the government said it was an act of terrorism and terrorists were planning to damage infrastructure of the country.

Latest reports from the explosion site suggest that the boundary wall of the intelligence headquarters was damaged while the internal structure remained safe and intact.

Till filing of this report, no group had claimed responsibility of the explosions, but it is largely believed that the rebels have started using terror acts against the government. It is unfortunate that the opposition has started believing that peaceful means to bring revolution in the country have failed and the only option left to bring down the regime is through terror activities.

Innocent lives would be lost in the terrorist activities and the international community should also condemn such acts. The opposition and rebels should be conveyed that they would be isolated if they do not stop their terror activities. Earlier on April 27, a suicide bomber struck into the security forces in Damascus and detonated himself. Around ten people were killed in the attack, while 26 others received critical injuries.

It is stated that the rebels' group is inspired by philosophy of al-Qaeda and believes in violent acts to achieve the target. It should be worrisome for both President Bashar al-Assad and the international community. The United Nations says that more than 9,000 civilians have been killed so far in the 14-month long uprising. After getting inspired by successful revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, tens of thousands of Syrians also took to the streets against the regime, but have failed so far in ousting the autocrat. The opposition and rebels complain that the international community has not helped them in bringing down the dictator.

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A view of the site of an explosion in Damascus
A view of the site of an explosion in Damascus
StephenManual is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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