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Syria says it foiled Aleppo suicide attack

In Aleppo, 1,200 kilograms of explosives were reportedly prevented from exploding.

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Syrians inspect damages at the site of twin blasts in Damascus on May 10, 2012. Two powerful blasts in quick succession rocked the Syrian capital at morning rush hour, killing and wounding dozens of people, state television said, blaming the attacks on 'terrorists.' (LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian security forces in Aleppo killed a would-be suicide bomber whose car was filled with 1,200 kilograms of explosives, according to Al Akhbar

The BBC wrote that Syrian state television said the incident took place in the Al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo. 

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The foiled attack comes a day after two suicide bombs ripped through Damascus in the deadliest bombing in the 14-month-long Syria conflict. The Syrian government blamed "foreign-backed terrorists," and rebels said the government staged the attacks.

The toll from yesterday's attack hovers around 400 injured, according to the BBC. At least 55 were killed, according to a news update from Reuters. The explosives used in the twin bombs were estimated to weigh 1,000 kilograms each.

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Aleppo, which is the country's largest city, remains relatively supportive of Bashar al-Assad. The city "had been largely spared in Syria's 14 months of bloody uprising. But recent protests and violence there could signal a significant shift," wrote CNN

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