Bomb near a school in Damascus 'kills 16'

Syrian state TV said at least 16 were killed in the blast Credit: APTN

A bomb blast near a school in a Damascus suburb called Qatana has killed at least 16 people, at least half of them women and children, according to Syrian state news.

At least 24 people were injured in the blast, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts, but the Syrian government is blaming terrorists, the term it uses to refer to rebel fighters.

The blast occurred outside a school, the majority of the victims thought to be women and children Credit: APTN