At least 15 students at Damascus University killed in mortar attack
DAMASCUS (AFP) - Mortar fire killed at least 15 students at Damascus University on Thursday, with state media blaming "terrorists" - its term for Syrian rebels - who are increasingly targeting President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power.
The attack came as battles between insurgents and loyalists troops raged in several districts on the edges of the city, and as warplanes targeted rebel enclaves in Irbin and other towns east of Damascus.
"A total of 15 students were killed in a mortar attack launched by terrorists targeting the architecture faculty," university dean Amer Mardini was quoted by the official SANA news agency as saying.
The agency added that six others were wounded by "mortars that targeted the faculty cafeteria". Al-Ikhbariya, a pro-regime television channel, ran footage showing a bloodied patio filled with broken glass and upturned chairs.