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.

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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.

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At the end of January, bombings claimed by ISIL killed at least 70 people near the same shrine.

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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.

Source: Aljazeera


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