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Damascus Police Headquarters, Security Office Bombed: Jazeera

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Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) -- A powerful blast targeted the Damascus police headquarters late today, al-Jazeera reported, citing Muath al-Shami, an anti-government activist in the Syrian capital. A second blast hit a security-services office in the Bab Masla neighborhood, the news channel said.

The blast at the police headquarters was followed by gunfire that lasted for several minutes, al-Shami said, according to al-Jazeera.

Syrian state television reported that a car bomb attack occurred in Khalid bin al-Walid street in Damascus without giving further details.

To contact the reporter on this story: Zaid Sabah Abd Alhamid in Washington at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at