At least five people were killed and nine others wounded Sunday, when a suicide bombing hit a police department and a criminal security branch in the Damascus, Syria district of Ruken al-Din, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.
The Syrian Interior Ministry claimed in a statement that there were two attempts by six bombers to blow up the place. It stated that the first attempt was at 8:45 a.m. by three suicide bombers. The second attempt was at 9:30 a.m. by another three. All of the bombers were killed.
"The bombers were killed with their suicide belts going off before they were able to enter the building," the statement said.
The Syrian Interior Ministry story could not be independently verified, as the Syrian government restricts access to independent media.
"The explosion caused widespread destruction,” according to SANA. “The suicide attack killed and left great damage to the public and private properties, official buildings, houses and cars in the site.”
Activists said that the security compound in Ruken al-Din served as a base for shabbiha gangs loyal to President Bashar al-Assad for nearly two years.
On other hand, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the death toll from the blasts reached eight, but it did not specify what had caused the blast.
Also on Sunday, two people were killed when three mortar rounds exploded near the criminal security branch in Damascus' Bab Mousallah Square. The target of the second bombing was unknown but the area houses the Directorate of Criminal Security.
“Two people were killed and seven others were badly wounded when three mortar rounds were exploded near the criminal security branch on Sunday, in Bab Mousallah Square in Damascus,” State TV reported.
Later, medical sources confirmed to the pro-regime Al-Akbaria TV that five people including civilians and military members were killed and more than 20 others injured, some of in critical condition from both attacks.
Meanwhile, the Friends of Syria's core ministerial members held talks in Qatar Saturday to discuss boosting their assistance after rebels received new weapons that may change the course of the ongoing war against the Syrian regime forces backed by Hezbollah fighters.
According to their final statement, "The ministers agreed to provide urgently all the necessary material and equipment to the opposition on the ground, each country in its own way in order to enable them to counter brutal attacks by the regime and its allies and protect the Syrian people."
They also agreed to direct all military support by relevant countries through the Staff Chairmanship of the Syrian Supreme Military Council.
Of course no one will be convinced with the story mentioned by the Syrian Ministry of Interior, because its closer to movies than reality. If there was even one suicide bomber in these incidents, the regime would have filmed him and broadcasted it across all pro-regime channels. So how about the presence of six suicide bombers?
Areas where the explosions occurred confirm once again that Assad actually lost control of Damascus because Ruken al-Din is one of the areas that does not have any opposition members. It is loyal to the regime. Moreover, the second bombing occurred in an area mostly populated by Christians.
The Syrian regime is trying by all means to convince the world that those who oppose his regime are al-Qaida. Up to this moment no one has claimed responsibility for the bombing. The opposition Web sites are stating that the regime is after it.
As for arming the opposition, I knew from my own sources that the opposition has already started to receive weapons. It seems that most of them are used. Few of them are anti-aircraft missiles or tanks. The source confirmed that the situation nowadays is improving, according to the opposition, as it was able to kill a large number of Hezbollah militias and Iranians in Damascus and Aleppo.