Car Bombing Kills 5 in Aleppo in Latest Blow to Syrian Truce
A car bomb in the Syrian city of Aleppo killed five people Saturday morning in the latest blow to a cease-fire that was to have ended violence in the country more than three weeks ago.
The explosion at a carwash in the Al Sukari neighborhood came a day after security forces fired at protesters and two days after four students were killed at Aleppo University, a hotbed of dissent in a city that has remained mostly passive in the 14-month anti-government uprising.
In the capital, Damascus, two explosions were also reported Saturday morning in the center of the city, but it was not clear if anyone was injured, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
State media reported that three people, including a 10-year-old boy, were killed in Aleppo and more than 20 others were injured.
Although some opposition members blamed the government for orchestrating the explosion, the carwash was said to be owned by a man accused of being the head of a group of regime enforcers, raising questions about who may have been behind the attack.