Syrian State Media: Suicide Bombers Attack Police Station

Three men blew themselves up near police headquarters in Damascus this week, the second such attack to hit the Syrian capital this month, according to state media.

The Interior Ministry cited that the blasts killed two people and injured six others.

The Damascus Police Chief Mohammed Khairu Ismail reported the events, and explained how two suicide bombers tried to storm the police command center and were in a struggle with guards.

During this, the bombers would then detonate explosive devices outside on Khalid bin al-Walid street. Police forces then chased down the third attacker, who blew himself up close to the entrance of a clothes market.

“Our investigations are ongoing to find out where they came from and how,” Ismail said from outside the headquarters. “The issue has been controlled.”

Ismail confirmed that one of those killed in the incident was a police officer who’d tried to stop the bombing.

“One of our force members grabbed one of the suicide bombers and prevented him from entering the building, so he blew himself up, killing the sergeant,” he said.

Earlier this month, militants struck a police station in another part of Damascus, with 17 reported dead in that suicide bombing, which the Islamic State claimed.

The bombing Wednesday marks the second time this month that suicide bombers have targeted police in the Syrian capital. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Wednesday’s bombing.

Several such attacks have hit Damascus recently, including a car bomb that killed 20 people in July. Islamic State and Tahrir al-Sham – led by militants formerly linked to Al Qaeda – have each claimed separate suicide blasts that killed scores of people in Damascus before.

“The desperate suicide attempts come as a response to the victories of the Syrian Arab Army and the Interior Ministry is fully ready to thwart any terrorist act,” state television quoted the minister as saying.

Syrian troops and allied forces have captured several suburbs of Damascus from rebel factions over the past year. The army and its allies have been fighting insurgents in the Jobar and Ain Tarma districts on the capital’s eastern outskirts.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has said September was the deadliest month of the conflict this year, with at least 3,000 people, including 955 civilians, killed.

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