Syria: Car bomb kills 3 in Damascus suburb

This citizen journalism image provided by the Local Council of Barzeh, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows destroyed homes from government airstrikes and shelling, in the Barzeh district of Damascus, Syria, Saturday, June 1, 2013. More than a dozen rockets and mortar rounds fired from Syria struck eastern Lebanon on Saturday, security officials said, as tensions escalated along the Lebanese-Syria border over the increasing role of Hezbollah militants in the civil war next door. (AP Photo/Local Council of Barzeh)

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Syrian government official says a car bomb has exploded in a suburb of the capital Damascus, killing three people and wounding several others.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the Sunday explosion in Jouber, which it said has seen heavy clashes recently between rebels and the Syrian army. It did not have any immediate word on casualties.

It said the blast targeted a police station and was carried out by the Jabhat al-Nusra, a militant group linked to al-Qaida, but did not elaborate.

The government official insisted on anonymity because he is not allowed to make press statements.