Syria rebel army claims Damascus bombing
BEIRUT - Agence France-Presse
AP PhotoThe rebel Free Syrian Army claimed a bomb attack in the heart of Damascus on Wednesday that it said targeted an operational meeting in a local military headquarters.
"The FSA operation targeted a military command office with explosives designed to go off at a meeting of army officers and members of the shabiha (pro-government militia) which decides on daily operations in Damascus," Maher Nuwaimi, head of the FSA coordination command in Syria, told AFP.
Bomb explodes near UN hotel in Damascus: TV
A bomb exploded in central Damascus near the hotel used by the UN observer mission in Syria on Wednesday, wounding three people, Syrian state television reported.
It said the blast was caused by a bomb planted on a fuel truck.
Activists said massive explosions echoed across much of the city and a video released by one opposition group showed a vast plume of smoke billowing into the sky.
The United Nations mission was not immediately available for comment.