Syria Car Bombing Claims Nine, Government Blames Foreign Source
A car bomb in Syria‘s eastern city of Deir al-Zor claimed the lives of nine people at a Syrian military post on Saturday.
According to SwissInfo, the government immediately stated that the attack was yet another piece of evidence that a foreign source is plotting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.
Reuters reports that one activist stated:
“It seems like a well-planned attack. The explosion hit the least guarded rear gate of the Military Intelligence complex … where the operatives keep their cars.”
SANA, the government news agency, reported that the blast was the work of a suicide bomber and that, along with killing nine people, it also wounded 100 more, including guards.
Syria’s turmoil has not decreased since international agencies and the U.N. have attempted a peace plan. Reuters reports that U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous, who is in Damascus attending consultations with ceasefire observers, told reporters that:
“This is a process. We have reached certain elements of our objectives. We are not there yet.”
French President Francois Hollande stated on Saturday that the peace plan still received international backing. He further stated that:
“I insisted that all the participants support Kofi Anan’s mission so that observers can provide protection of the Syrian people from their leaders.”
President Obama also reported to the AP that:
“We all believe that a peaceful resolution and political transition in Syria is preferable.”
According to The Huffington Post, in answer to the government’s accusation, a spokesman for the city’s rebel military stated that they were not responsible for the attacks, but instead blamed the government The spokesman, Mohammed Attallah, released a video on Saturday, where he stated:
“This is not our style because we work to protect civilians and their homes from the bullets and shells of Assad’s gangs. So how could we carry out such a huge criminal act that killed citizens and caused great material damage?”