Car bombs kill at least 40 in Aleppo
ALEPPO, Syria (AFP) - Three car bombs tore into the heart of Aleppo on Wednesday, killing at least 40 people and wounding 90 others.
Two car bombs exploded in quick succession around Aleppo's Saadallah al-Jabiri Square near a military officers' club and a hotel. A third bomb went off soon afterwards at the nearby Bab Jnein district at an entrance to the Old City, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a military source said.
Most of the casualties were soldiers. The government blames the violence that has rocked Syria since March last year on "terrorists" it says are armed and sponsored by foreign powers.
Bombings have increasingly become part of the unrest ravaging Syria as peaceful protests for reform morphed into an armed insurgency that has left thousands dead. Aleppo, with a population of 1.7 million people, has been one of the focal points of the conflict since mid-July, when the army promised the "mother of all battles" to clear the city of rebels.