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IS claims bombings near Shi’ite shrine

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>> Islamic State claiming responsibility for twin bomb blasts that struck a Damascus suburb on Saturday. A monitoring group said at least 20 people where killed with a death toll expected to rise. Islamic State said two of its suicide bombers had blown themselves up and had also detonated a car bomb.
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The explosions took place near Syria's holiest Shiite Muslim shrine, an area where at least three bomb attacks claimed by Islamic State have killed and wounded hundreds of people this year. The Zaynab bint Ali shrine is believed to contain the grave of one of prophet Mohammed's granddaughters. The holy site attracts thousands of Iraqi and Afghan Shiite militia recruits, who go there before being assigned to fight against the Sunni rebel groups that are trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad's government.