1st LD: Blast rocks Syria's Homs, casualties feared

1st LD: Blast rocks Syria's Homs, casualties feared

DAMASCUS, July 27 (Xinhua) -- A booby-trapped car tore through a pro-government district of Syria's central province of Homs on Sunday, leaving unknown number of casualties, the state news agency SANA reported.

The car ripped through a main square in the al-Arman district of Homs, said SANA, adding that the preliminary information indicated the presence of casualties and property losses in the area.

Further information about the blast is still forthcoming.

The blast came just one day after the Syrian army forces succeeded to wrest back control over a key natural gas field in the eastern countryside of Homs following days of intense battles with the so-called Islamic State radical group at the field's site in al-Shaer region.

Homs, Syria's third largest city, was one of the first areas to sympathize with an anti-government movement in Syria. The rebels there took considerable swathes of land, but government troops have stripped them of the territory over the past year.

Recently, the rebels have evacuated the old quarters of Homs under a deal concluded with the Syrian government troops, leaving the old city in ruins due to the intensity of the clashes there which lasted over two years.

Syria has been gripped by deadly conflict since March 2011. Over 160,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the violence.