Deadly Shrine Bombing: Second Attack in a Week Strikes Near Syrian Capital

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Syrian shrine hit by two attacks this week; second blast injures two after a separate bombing on Tuesday.

A person died in a crude bomb blast in West Bengal. (Representative Image)

On Thursday (July 27), a vehicle-borne bomb detonated outside the Sayeda Zeinab shrine, south of Damascus, killing several and injuring others, as reported by Syrian state media.

Syrian state television aired footage of the aftermath, showing a burnt-out car and a nearby damaged building.

The explosion occurred around 5:30 p.m. (1430 GMT), and security forces quickly cordoned off the area.

This marked the second attack at the shrine that week, with a separate blast on Tuesday injuring two people.

The timing was significant, as Shi’ite Muslims were observing the high season for the shrine, gathering there to mark the mourning period of Ashura.

As of now, no group has claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack, but the Islamic State group had previously claimed similar attacks on the site. In 2017, an attack at the shrine resulted in the death of at least 40 people.

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