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Flames and smoke rise from burning cars after two bombs exploded in the Qazaz neighbourhood of Damascus (AP/SANA)

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)

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)

Syrians gather in front of a damaged military intelligence building where two bombs exploded, at Qazaz neighbourhood in Damascus (AP)

Flames and smoke rise from burning cars after two bombs exploded in the Qazaz neighbourhood of Damascus (AP/SANA)

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.

PA