Civilians and emergency personnel inspect the site following a car bomb explosion in the Abbasiyah neighbourhood of Syria's central city of Homs on April 29, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/STR)
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Two car bombs exploded in a pro-government neighborhood in the central Syrian city of Homs Tuesday, killing at least 40 people just hours after one of the deadliest mortar strikes in the heart of Damascus killed 14, officials and state media said.State news agency SANA said the attack in Homs struck in the Zahra neighborhood, a predominantly Christian and Alawite area. In Damascus, several mortar bombs slammed into the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Shaghour in the morning hours, killing 14 people and wounding 86 people, state media said.It was one of the deadliest mortar attacks in central Damascus since the conflict began in March 2011 .No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. SANA blamed the attacks on terrorists, a term used by Assad's government for rebels. Separate airstrikes on three villages killed at least eight people, however.
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