Syrian school bombing kills 30 children
BEIRUT: At least 30 Syrian children were killed on Wednesday
in a double bombing by a lone assailant at a school in the
government-controlled city of Homs, a monitoring group said.
They were among 39 people who died in the attack in
the Akrameh neighbourhood, according to a new toll from the Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights.
“At least 30 children were among 39 people killed in
the double bombing at the Akrameh al-Makhzumi school in Homs today,” said
Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.
One suicide attacker carried out both of the bombings.
“He planted a bomb at one location at the school, and then blew himself up at
another spot nearby,” Abdel Rahman told AFP.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the
But Al-Qaeda's branch in Syria, Al-Nusra Front, said
it was behind a similar twin bombing in the central city that killed at least
12 people in May.
Speaking to AFP on Wednesday, Homs governor Talal
al-Barazi had also reported the deadly attacks, giving a toll of 31 killed and
The children were between six and nine years old, he
added. The toll is among the highest for children in suicide attacks across
Syria since the conflict erupted in the country three years ago.