Jihadist group claim responsibility for Damascus blasts

Flames and smoke rise from burning cars after two bombs exploded in Syria.
Flames and smoke rise from burning cars after two bombs exploded in Syria. Credit: AP Photo/ SANA

A group calling itself the Al-Nusra Front has claimed responsibility for the twin suicide bombings in the Syrian capital in which 55 people died.

The group made the claim in a video posted on the internet last night. A distorted voice on the video said:

"We fulfilled our promise to respond with strikes with explosions"

The Al-Nusra Front has claimed past bombings in Syria through posts on militant websites. Little is known about the group.

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55 dead in Syria suicide blasts

More than 55 people have been killed and 372 wounded after two major blasts in the Syrian capital Damascus, the country's interior ministry has announced. It says the blasts were caused by two suicide car bombers.