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2,200-pounds of explosives packed inside car rip through parking lot, buildings.
Nine people are dead and about 100 injured after a bomb exploded in the Syrian city of Deir al-Zour on Friday.
The car bomb detonated inside a military compound’s parking lot, The Associated Press reported.
Buildings 100 feet away sustained damage from the 2,200-pound explosive that left a crater 15-feet wide and six-feet deep, said the AP, quoting state media.
Recent attacks in Syria are against military or security targets.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the bomb was part of a foreign plot, Reuters reported.
State media went as far as blaming Qatar and Saudi Arabia for funding the efforts to topple Assad.
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Opposition sources told Reuters the building hit was an intelligence base.
“It seems like a well-planned attack,” the source said. “The explosion hit the least guarded rear gate of the Military Intelligence complex ... where the operatives keep their cars.”
Local Coordination Committees of Syria (LCC) blamed the government for staging the explosion, CNN reported.
An LCC representative asked how the bomber managed to access such a secure area. CNN said a military hospital was alongside the air force and military security buildings.
“Is it a coincidence that the bombings are always in regime-controlled security areas, which only the regime can stage for such displays before the world?” an LCC statement released on Saturday said.
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