Syrian TV: bomb explodes near security compound

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In this Sunday October 7, 2012 citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Free Syrian Army fighters sit on top of a military truck that was captured from the Syrian Army in the village off Khirbet al-Jouz, in the northern province of Idlib, Syria. The Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency said Sunday that the rebels had regained full control of Khirbet al-Jouz. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian TV station says a bomb has exploded near a security compound in a suburb of the nation's capital.

The pro-government Al-Ikhbariya channel says the sound of Monday's blast could be heard across Damascus. It says the explosion was followed by armed clashes, but did not elaborate

There was no immediate word on casualties, but the station says ambulances and fire trucks were seen driving to the site in the suburb of Harasta.

Syrian rebels trying to topple President Bashar Assad are increasingly targeting security compounds and symbols of the regime in Damascus. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday's blast.