Group: Syria blasts kill, wound dozens of troops

ZEINA KARAM
November 10, 2012
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This image taken from video obtained from Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows smoke rising from a residential area of the city during bombing from military warplanes, in Douma, Syria, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

BEIRUT (AP) — An activist group says twin explosions in a southern Syrian city have killed and wounded dozens of security troops.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the blasts Saturday in Daraa were caused by two suicide bombers who targeted regime forces in the city.

The group, which relies on a network of activists on the ground, says "dozens" of regime forces were killed and wounded in the near simultaneous explosions.

State-run news agency SANA says the explosions caused multiple casualties and heavy material damage but did not provide further details.

The explosions were followed by clashes between regime forces and rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad.