Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Militants behind deadly bombings

Flames and smoke rise from burning cars after two bombs exploded in the Qazaz neighbourhood of Damascus (AP/SANA)
A plume of thick black smoke rises into the sky after two explosions in Damascus (AP/SANA)
Syrians gather in front of a damaged military intelligence building where two bombs exploded, at Qazaz neighbourhood in Damascus (AP)

A video posted online in the name of a militant group is admitting responsibility for twin suicide bombings in the Syrian capital in which 55 people died.

A group calling itself the Al-Nusra Front said the bombing was in response to attacks on residential areas by the regime of President Bashar Assad.

"We fulfilled our promise to respond with strikes with explosions," a distorted voice said in the video.

The video's authenticity could not be independently verified. The Al-Nusra Front has claimed past bombings in Syria through posts on militant websites. Little is known about the group.

The bombing on Thursday in Damascus raised fears that al Qaida-linked extremists are joining the anti-Assad fight.

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