DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — State-run Syrian TV says at least 15 people have been killed in a suicide car bombing in central Damascus.
It says more than 50 others were hurt in the blast, which rocked a busy residential and commercial district and sent a huge cloud of black smoke billowing over the capital's skyline.
The explosion came as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon (bahn kee-moon) said inspectors were ready to deploy within 24 hours to Syria to investigate reports of chemical weapon attacks but have not yet received permission from President Bashar Assad's government.
It was the latest in a series of car bombs and suicide bombings to hit the Syrian capital in recent months as the two-year civil war becomes increasingly chaotic. The U.N. says the conflict has killed more than 70,000 people.
182-c-12-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"twisted car wreckage"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo reports a car bomb has killed at least 15 people in Damascus. (8 Apr 2013)
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183-c-11-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"fighting forces there"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo reports a car bomb in the Syrian capital has killed at least 15 people. (8 Apr 2013)
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APPHOTO BEI112: This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows smoke rising from burned cars after a huge explosion shook the Sabaa Bahrat Square, one of the capital's biggest roundabouts, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, April. 8, 2013. A car bomb rocked a busy residential and commercial district in central Damascus on Monday, killing more than a dozen with many more injured and sending a huge cloud of black smoke billowing over the capital's skyline, Syrian state-run media said. (AP Photo/SANA) (8 Apr 2013)
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