Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

University blasts toll rises to 87

Explosions at a university in Aleppo have killed more than 80 people, according to reports from Syria (AP)

The death toll from two big explosions on the campus of a Syrian university has risen to 87, anti-regime activists said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the number of those killed in the blasts at Aleppo University could rise even further because medics have collected more unidentified body parts and some of the more than 150 injured are in a critical condition.

It remains unclear what caused Tuesday's blasts, the aftermath of which was documented in videos posted online and shown on Syrian state TV.

Anti-regime activists accused forces loyal to president Bashar Assad of launching air strikes on the campus. The state news service said a "terrorist group" fired missiles.

The UN says more than 60,000 people have been killed since Syria's conflict began in March 2011.

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