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At Least 53 Dead After Damascus Car Bomb Explosion

This may be the deadliest attack in Syria's capital since the country's civil war began in March 2011.

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A massive car bomb exploded Thursday in Damascus, Syria, near the headquarters of the ruling political party.

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Syrian state media referred to the attack as a suicide bombing by "terrorists" who oppose the government and President Bashar al-Assad, according to the AP.

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Syrian media also reported that 53 people died. But rebel activists put the toll at 59. That figure exceeds Damascus' most deadly attack of the two-year conflict — a double suicide bombing that killed 55 last May.

Syrian security agents carrying a body.
Anonymous / AP

Syrian security agents carrying a body.

Both reports indicate more than 200 were wounded.

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SANA / Reuters
SANA / Reuters
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Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers carry a wounded man.
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Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers carry a wounded man.

Syrians shout slogans as they stand next to the crater.
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Syrians shout slogans as they stand next to the crater.

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An injured Syrian man lies on the ground after the explosion.
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An injured Syrian man lies on the ground after the explosion.

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