A big explosion shook the central Damascus district of Mazraa on Thursday, residents said, and Syrian state media blamed the blast on "terrorists" battling President Bashar al-Assad, claiming there had been casualties from the explosion.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a car bomb had detonated near a building of the ruling Baath Party. It said cars 300 metres away from the blast were badly damaged. Activists reported at least two further blasts in the city after the Mazraa explosion, but there were no immediate details. (Reuters)