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Twin bombings in Syria draw int'l condemnation

(Xinhua)

16:28, December 24, 2011

DAMASCUS, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- The international community strongly condemned two bloody suicide bombings in Syria Friday, and called for an end to "all forms of violence" in the Arab country.

Members of the UN Security Council denounced the terrorist attacks in the capital Damascus which caused scores of deaths and injuries, Vitaly Churkin, Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations, said in a statement.

"The members of the Security Council reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations," the statement said.

Car bombers struck two security service bases in central Damascus on Friday morning, leaving at least 44 people dead and 166 others injured.

The worst violence since protests erupted against President Bashar al-Assad in mid-March came only a day after the first batch of Arab League (AL) monitors arrived in Damascus to assess whether the country abided by an Arab peace plan to end the crackdown on protesters.

"The style of the attacks refers to al-Qaida," the Syrian Interior Ministry noted in a statement.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also expressed grave concern over the escalating violence in Syria, adding that "all violence is unacceptable and must stop immediately."

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