Syrian blasts kill 60 as peace talks open in Geneva

At least 60 people were killed, including 25 Shia fighters, and dozens wounded on Sunday by a car bomb and two suicide bombers near Syria's holiest Shia shrine in Damascus, a monitor said.

At least 60 people were killed, including 25 Shia fighters, and dozens wounded on Sunday by a car bomb and two suicide bombers near Syria’s holiest Shia shrine in Damascus, a monitor said.

At least 60 people were killed, including 25 Shia¬†fighters, and dozens wounded on Sunday by a car bomb and two suicide bombers in a district of Damascus where Syria’s holiest Shia shrine is located, a monitor said.

Sunni fundamentalist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, according to Amaq, a news agency that supports the group. It said two operations “hit the most important stronghold of Shi’ite militias in Damascus.”

The blasts went off in the Damascus suburb of Sayyda Zeinab, about 600 metres (yards) from one of the holiest shrines for Shiite Muslims. Syria’s state news agency SANA said the attackers detonated a car bomb at a bus stop and that two suicide bombers then set off more explosives as rescuers rushed to the area.

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