A powerful car bomb exploded in a suburb of the Syrian capital Thursday, killing 10 people and wounding dozens of others, Syria’s state-run news agency said.
The explosion in Jaramana, just few kilometers southeast of Damascus, came as the United Nations’ top official said more than 100,000 people have been killed in the ongoing civil war gripping Syria.
The state news agency SANA reported that the explosion caused heavy damage to nearby buildings and destroyed many cars. It said 62 people were wounded.
Jaramana, a neighbourhood that overwhelmingly supports the government of President Bashar Assad, has been targeted by a series of explosions before. The Britain—based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-government activist organization, said the blast killed seven and wounded more than 30. It said the blast caused heavy material damage and started a fire.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.
More than 100,000 people have been killed since the Syrian conflict started in March 2011, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday, calling for a political solution to end the conflict. So far, however, the violence in Syria has defied all international attempts for a political solution.