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Security Services Prevent Terrorist Attack in Damascus, Syria, Source Reveals

© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresenskiy / Go to the photo bankA view of Damascus. (File)
A view of Damascus. (File) - Sputnik International, 1920, 15.03.2021
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The attempted attack comes as Monday marks 10 years since the beginning of the Syrian civil war. It also comes as the war-torn nation is expected to hold a presidential election.

Syrian special security services have prevented a terrorist attack in Damascus, a high-ranking security source told Sputnik on Monday.

According to the source, three attackers were eliminated and another three were arrested.

In this July 15, 2018 file photo, a Syrian national flag with a picture of Syrian President Bashar Assad flies at an Army check point, in the town of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region, near Damascus, Syria. - Sputnik International, 1920, 15.03.2021
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The attack was thwarted in cooperation with local citizens in the southwestern countryside around Damascus. All of the dead and arrested terrorists were wearing explosive belts, and were trying to reach the capital to carry out a terrorist act targeting civilians inside the city, the source added.

Syria has been torn by an armed conflict since 2011. After six years of strife, the government announced it had defeated Daesh*, yet the army still continues to conduct anti-terrorist operations in some areas. At present, Syria is mainly focused on a political settlement, the rebuilding of the country, and the return of refugees.

* Daesh (ISIS/ISIL/"Islamic State") is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia and other nations

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