Car bomb at mosque near Damascus killed 40, including 7 children: NGO

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube and provided by Nabad al-Aasima (Capital Pulsation) non profit organization on October 25, 2013 allegedly shows people gathering on the site of a car bomb attack outside a mosque in the town of Suq
An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube and provided by Nabad al-Aasima (Capital Pulsation) non profit organization on October 25, 2013 allegedly shows people gathering on the site of a car bomb attack outside a mosque in the town of Suq Wadi Barada near Damascus. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIRUT (AFP) - The toll from a Friday car bomb explosion at a mosque in Suq Wadi Barada near Damascus soared to at least 40, including seven children, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Syrian government and opposition exchanged blame for the carnage in the town.

Suq Wadi Barada is under rebel control and ringed by troops loyal to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.