Twin blasts rock Syria as truce holds in Aleppo

Damascus: A car bomb exploded in the main square of a central Syrian village on Thursday and once people gathered to help the victims, a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle detonated his explosives belt nearby, killing at least 10 people and wounding scores, state media and the regional governor said.

Syrian’s react to the arrival of a Russian military convoy. Pic/AFP
Syrian’s react to the arrival of a Russian military convoy. Pic/AFP

The twin attack in the central province of Homs came hours after a truce brought relative calm to the northern city of Aleppo, which has been the center of violence in recent weeks.

The truce was announced by U.S. officials in agreement with Russia, in an effort to extend Syria’s fragile cease-fire to the deeply contested city. The Syrian military said the truce would last only 48 hours.

“To ensure this continues in a sustainable way, we are coordinating closely with Russia to finalise enhanced monitoring efforts of this renewed cessation,” US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

The 10 killed in Homs included four children and three women.

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