14 dead as bomb blast hits military bus in Damascus

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The bus was hit as it passed under Jisr al-Rais bridge in Damascus, Syria
The bus was hit as it passed under Jisr al-Rais bridge in Damascus, Syria

A bomb attack on a military bus in central Damascus has killed 14 people, Syrian state media say.

Two explosive devices attached to the vehicle blew up as it passed under Jisr al-Rais bridge during the morning rush hour, Sana news agency reported.

Although Syria has been embroiled in civil war for a decade, such attacks in the capital are increasingly rare.

Soon afterwards, army shellfire also reportedly killed at least 10 people in the opposition-held north-west.

The region is the last stronghold of the rebel and jihadist groups that have been trying to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad since 2011.

The war has left at least 350,000 people dead, and caused half the population to flee their homes, including almost six million refugees abroad.