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Three explosions, gunbattle rock Damascus

Three loud explosions were heard in a district of the Syrian capital that houses several embassies, as official sources reported a gunbattle between “terrorists” and security forces. An AFP correspondent at the scene in the Mazzeh district of western Damascus said a building which houses UN offices was on fire, while residents said one of the explosions occurred near the City Mall shopping centre. The official news agency SANA said that “terrorists” had attacked security forces in Mazzeh. “A terrorist and sabotage group opened fire indiscriminately in the Mazzeh district,” SANA said, quoting a security source. “The security services confronted them and are in full control of the situation.” The district is home to several Western and Middle East embassies, including those of Britain, Canada, Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as UN offices. Full Story

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