BEIRUT, Lebanon — A series of car bomb blasts shook the Syrian capital, Damascus, early Sunday, killing at least 18 people and highlighting security gaps in parts of the country controlled by President Bashar al-Assad, according to an opposition monitoring group.
A suicide bomber blew up the car he was driving near the heart of Damascus after being surrounded by security forces, while two other car bombs were detonated after security forces tried to intercept the vehicles on the edge of the city.
Syrian state teevision reported eight deaths and 13 injured, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition monitoring group based in Britain, reported that 18 victims were killed, including the three attackers.
The attack came on the first full work day after the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
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