URGENT ¥¥¥ Syria blames Damascus bomb on Qaeda-linked groups

The Syrian foreign ministry blamed a car bombing that killed more than 50 people in the capital on Thursday on "terrorist" groups linked to the extremist Al-Qaeda network.

The attack in Damascus was "carried out by armed terrorist groups linked to Al-Qaeda that receive financial and logistic help from abroad," the ministry said in a statement, using government terminology for rebels battling the Syrian regime.