By BEN HUBBARD
BEIRUT, Lebanon — A series of car bomb blasts shook the Syrian capital, Damascus, early Sunday, killing at least eight people and highlighting security gaps in parts of the country controlled by President Bashar al-Assad.
A suicide bomber blew up the car he was driving in Tahrir Square in central Damascus after being surrounded by security forces, while two other car bombs had been detonated after security forces discovered them on the edge of the city, suggesting that they might have been controlled remotely.
The Syrian state news agency, Sana, reported eight deaths and 13 injured, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition monitoring group based in Britain, reported 12 dead, including the three attackers.
The attack came on the first full work day after the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Source: News Now/ The New York Times