10:58am UK, Friday December 23, 2011 At least 30 people have been killed and 55 injured in two explosions at security bases in Damascus, which according to state TV were the work of terrorists. Media reports said the explosions were caused by car bombs and happened in the Kfar Sousa district of the capital close to a complex housing security and intelligence services. Kfar Soussa, an upscale area of Damascus in which many senior government officials live, is close to one of Damascus University's main campuses, and is where the country's parliament house is situated. Residents in Damascus reported hearing gunfire and ambulance sirens for a few minutes following the explosions. State TV suggested the blasts could be the work of al Qaeda-linked militants. "On the face of it, you immediately would say it is the anti-regime people stepping up their fight against the Assad regime," said Sky's Foreign Editor Tim Marshall. "However, I'm pretty confident we will get a proclamation from the Free Syrian Army saying they didn't do it. "They will say the state did it to itself in order to persuade the Arab League observers 'you see we really are taking on terrorists, not democratic freedom fighters.' And at that point, we don't know which of those two scenarios is true," he said. Addressing concerns that Syria may be slipping into a sectarian civil war, he said: "This at the moment does not look like a sectarian attack. It looks like an attack against the military." The Syrian state <b>...</b>
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