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In pictures: Damascus car bomb

A security check point close to the scene of a car bomb in Damascus, Syria (27/09/2008)

An car bomb has exploded in a southern suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus, leaving at least 17 people dead.

A bomb-damaged shop in Damascus, Syria (27/09/2008)

The blast, which struck close to a security post and an important Shia shrine, injured a further 14 people.

People inspect the site of a car bomb in Damascus, Syria (27/09/2008)

State media broadcast pictures showing the extent of the damage, as officials said the death toll could rise.

A man checks bomb damage to his car in Damascus, Syria (29/09/2008)

Witnesses reported hearing a noise like an earthquake, while nearby windows were shattered.

A bomb-damaged shop in Damascus, Syria (27/09/2008)

All of the dead and wounded were civilians, and some children were reported to have been caught up in the blast.

A bomb-damaged classroom in Damascus, Syria (27/09/2008)

Shops, businesses, homes and a nearby school were damaged by the blast.

Bomb-damaged buildings in Damascus, Syria (27/09/2008)

Explosions of this kind are rare in Syria, which prides itself on being an island of stability in a turbulent region.

A bomb-damaged bus in Damascus, Syria (27/09/2008)

Local people were said to be shocked by the attack, which the Syrian interior minister described as a "cowardly terrorist act".

A school room damaged by a car bomb in Damascus, Syria (27/09/2008)

Bassam Abdul-Majid said investigations were under way which would "lead us to the perpetrators".

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