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>> A deadly car bomb explosion in Syria's Damascus on Sunday, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens more. But officials say the casualty toll could have been much higher. They say it was one of three car bombers that were aiming for busy parts of the city. State media reported all three were spotted and chased by security forces.
Two were destroyed before they could reach their targets, but the third bomber made it to the central city and detonated their explosives after being surrounded by police, leaving the streets near Tahrir Square scattered with debris and the blackened shells of cars. It was the first such bombing in the Syrian capital since a series of suicide attacks in March a nd coincided with the busy first day back at work after the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Damascus has enjoyed relative security in recent years, even as the six year-long civil war rages on in nearby areas.