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posted: 1/18/2013 9:09 AM

Syria: Twin suicide blasts hit south of Damascus

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Associated Press

BEIRUT -- Syrian state TV says rebels linked to al-Qaida group detonated cars filled with explosives near a mosque in southern Syria, causing many casualties.

The state-run TV says the suicide attacks occurred as worshippers were leaving a mosque following Friday prayers in the city of Daraa, south of Damascus.

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It was not immediately clear how many people were killed or wounded in the attacks.

Syrian TV blamed fighters with Jabhat al-Nusra, a group the U.S. has declared a terrorist organization.

Daraa is the birthplace of the uprising against President Bashar Assad that erupted nearly two years ago.

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