By PNA / Xinhua and U.S. News Agency / Asian
Five government troops were killed and others injured when a booby-trapped motorcycle ripped through the Damascus neighborhood of Ruken Addien Friday, the state-TV said.
The TV said the “terrorist” blast went off while the worshipers were exiting the Ruknieh mosque in Ruken Addien area.
There has been no immediate word on the casualties by the blast, the latest in an ongoing series of violent acts that recently engulfed the capital Damascus and its suburbs.
In another incident Friday, several shells slammed into the streets of the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk in Damascus Friday, causing casualties, the state TV said.
The TV said the armed men also fired at the ambulances that rushed to the scene to transport the injured, adding that a Syrian army unit is currently tracking down the armed men.
The Yarmouk camp is flanked by two hotspots of violence, the Tadamun area and Hajar al-Aswad. Both areas have been witnessing armed confrontations between the Syrian army and insurgent groups.
Dozens of Palestinian refugees in Syria had been reportedly killed in the chaos that rattled the capital.
In separate accounts, the Local Coordination Committees (LCC) said intense clashes are taking place between the Syrian troops and the rebels of the Free Syrian Army in the Daf al-Shouk and al- Tadamun areas in Damascus, adding that the clashes have coupled with violent shelling on Daf al-Shouk.
The LCC said 55 people had been killed on Friday nationwide, Yet their claim cannot be independently verified.