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Syria: Five Killed in Aleppo Bombing

A bombing in Aleppo, Syria killed five people Saturday. Blast targeted business owned by government soldier.

Maayana Miskin,

Syrian officials at blast site (archive)
Syrian officials at blast site (archive)

At least five people were killed in Aleppo, Syria on Saturday when a bomb exploded at a car wash. The rebel group Free Syrian Army was initially said to have claimed responsibility for the attack, but the group later denied having made a statement in the matter.

A local activist told Associated Press that the car wash targeted was owned by a man who serves in a pro-government militia.

Earlier in the day nine cars were destroyed in a bombing in Damascus. No injuries were reported.

Until recently Aleppo was relatively quiet as fighting rocked much of the country. However, a raid on Aleppo University last week in which four students were killed was met with major protests.

Security forces killed a 16-year-old protester as they tried to restore calm, leading to further tension.

More than 9,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011.