A series of blasts have hit near a Shia shrine in Syria’s capital Damascus, according to state TV, just hours after a twin bombing in the central city of Homs killed dozens of people.
State television on Sunday said “three terrorist attacks” near the Sayyida Zeinab shrine, located in a southern suburb of Damascus, had left at least 83 people dead, including several schoolchildren.
The attack was claimed via social media by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, which has seized territory in Syria and Iraq.
At the end of January, bombings claimed by ISIL killed at least 70 people near the same shrine.
Sayyida Zeinab is believed to contain the grave of a granddaughter of Prophet Muhammad and is particularly revered as a pilgrimage site by Shia faithful.