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    Explosion Hits Palace of Justice in Damascus, Multiple Casualties Reported

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    A powerful explosion on Wednesday hit the Palace of Justice in Damascus, Syrian state television reported.

    According to the report, an explosive device was activated in the building's lobby. Al-Watan newspaper reported that the blast was caused by a suicide bomber who was stopped by police when entering the building.

    According to the media outlet, the suspected terrorist intended to attack at a time when there was a large crowd in the lobby of the Palace of Justice. Police tried to detain him, but he managed to break through and activate the explosive device attached to his body.

    According to preliminary information, the terrorist attack left at least 31 dead and 60 wounded, according to Syrian TV citing the Justice Minister.

    No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion so far.

    The explosion took place four days after a deadly twin suicide blast in Damascus. On Saturday, two blasts occurred near Bab al-Saghir cemetery in Damascus. Syrian Interior Minister Mohammad Shaar confirmed that at least 40 people were killed and 120 injured as a result of the attack.

    The Tahrir al Sham militant group, which was organized at the initiative of the Jabhat Fatah al Sham terror group (formerly known as al-Nusra Front), is said to have claimed responsibility for the attack.

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