Death toll from twin terrorist explosions in Homs rises to 32, mostly children

Homs, SANA – The death toll from twin terrorist ugly explosions in Homs rose to 32 and more than 115 wounded persons, most of them children, and several sustaining critical injuries.

Two terrorist bombings hit an area near a school compound in Ikrima neighborhood in Homs city on Wednesday.

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A source in the central province said that terrorists detonated a car bomb in front of the New Ikrima School, and only a few minutes later a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of Ikrima al-Makhzoumi School. The attacks took place at the time when students were leaving school to inflict maximum casualties.

The source pointed out that the car bomb was made up of three gas cylinders, each packed with 7 kg of  C4 explosives, and concealed in a Mazda.

Prime Minister Dr. Wael al-Halqi condemned the twin terrorist blasts that rocked Homs city on Wednesday.

“These terrorist acts, in which terrorists have taken their hatred out on our schoolchildren, are meant to discourage Syria’s children from pursuing knowledge,” he told SANA.

The terrorist groups have been taken aghast by the Syrian army’s military successes, the Premier said, which accounts for their resort to these cowardly acts.

ِAl-Halqi said these terrorist acts “will make us even stronger and more determined to restore security and stability all over Syria. ”

In the same context, Regional leadership of al-Baath Arab Socialist Part strongly condemned the twin terrorist explosions that targeted the students.

In a statement, the Party’s leadership said that the terrorist twin explosions reveal again the brutality of terrorists and their hatred against the Syrian citizens who achieved a lot of victories over terrorism.

Homs governor Talal al-Barazi said targeting safe children in their schools is an act of cowardice and a desperate attempt to undermine the steadfastness of Syria and reverse the state of security and stability in Homs province.

Al-Barazi, whose comments came during a visit he paid to the hospitals where the injured from  Wednesday twin terrorist bombings lay, said the internal security forces have facilitated the movement of ambulances which rushed to the site of the explosion to evacuate the victims and rescue the wounded.

Director of Homs Health Directorate Dr. Hassan al-Jundi said the health sector is on high alert to take all necessary measures under these extraordinary circumstances.

The twin terrorist bombings have taken the lives of scores, most of them schoolchildren, he added, indicating that the injuries range in severity from moderate to severe.

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