28 Apr 2012

Fatal explosion near mosque

5:59 am on 28 April 2012

State TV in Syria says a suicide bomber has killed at least 10 people and wounded 20 others in the capital Damascus.

The explosion happened as worshippers were leaving Friday prayers at the Zain al-Abidin mosque.

in the Midan area. Graphic images of the scene were shown on TV.

Midan has been the scene of frequent anti-government protests. An explosion in the same district in January reportedly killed at least 26 people and wounded 63.

Earlier on Friday, a separate explosion was reported in an industrial area of Damascus.

The reports could not be independently verified because of government restrictions on the media.

An uprising against President Bashar al-Assad started in March last year.