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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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    • Mikhas
      These are terrorist groups under US command acting on US/israeli intel. Just like they repeatedly did the Russian Embassy. It's high time for a tit-for-tat against US in the region, there are plenty of targets to chose from.

      As much as this caused tremendous suffering to the people involved, it's also a sign of the death throws of the US/Saudi Barbarian and Qatari cutthroat death squads. What US can't have, they break so expect more cowardly attacks from the spoiled school yard bully and his hang-arounds but Syria, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah has won.
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      jas
      We never had this until NATO began to spread like a virus.
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      jasin reply toMikhas(Show commentHide comment)
      Mikhas, I think you're right. The people behind these attacks need to be removed from the world because they intend to destroy what they can't own. But I would suggest to start with their enablers in US Congress and the US media.

      There would be nothing more influential than to see Chuck Schumer lead out of the US Senate in handcuffs and later sentenced to 30 years in prison for seditious activity and conspiracy to overthrow the US government, and espionage. Except maybe to raid all DNC offices and padlock the doors and mark the DNC as a terrorist organization. They're already jailing some US admirals who thought they were untouchable, so maybe it is not so impossible anymore to drain the slimy swamp that people like Pelosi call democracy.
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