Blasts near Hazrat Zainab’s shrine kill 20

IS claims responsibility

Beirut—Suicide bombers struck outside a Shiite shrine near Syria’s capital on Saturday, leaving at least 20 people dead, a monitor said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
The official SANA news agency said two suicide bombers, one in a car, attacked the entrance to the Sayyida Zeinab shrine.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, said at least 20 people were killed, including 13 civilians, and more than 30 wounded in the blasts.
IS claimed the attack via its Amaq news agency, saying it was carried out by three suicide bombers. The shrine, around 10 kilometres south of the centre of Damascus, is heavily guarded by pro-government forces but has still been the target of several jihadist attacks, including those claimed by the Islamic State group.
Syria’s official Al-Ikhbariya channel showed images from the scene of burned-out cars billowing with plumes of black smoke.—AFP

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