Syrian security forces and journalists stand inside the old palace of justice building in Damascus following the suicide bombing. Pic/AFP
Damascus: Two bomb blasts hit Damascus yesterday, including a suicide attack at a central courthouse that left at least 25 dead, as Syria's war entered its seventh year.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombings, the second wave of deadly attacks in the capital in less than a week after twin bombings killed 74 on Saturday.
The first attack saw a suicide bomber rush inside the building and blow himself up when police tried to prevent him from entering the courthouse in the centre of Damascus. Citing a police source, state news agency SANA put the initial death toll at 25 and said there were many wounded.
The second blast hit not long after in the city's Rabweh area, but no further details were immediately available. which mainly killed Iraqi pilgrims in the city to visit Shiite shrines.