At least 11 people have been killed and 40 others wounded in a car bomb attack that targeted a gas station in Damascus.
People were queuing up for much-needed fuel when booby trap attached to a car went off at the station in the Barzeh al-Balad district of the Syrian capital on Thursday, Reuters reported.
Syria’s semi-official al-Ikhbariya television network aired footage of 10 burnt bodies with Red Crescent workers searching for victims of the blast.
“There are lots of people who sleep there overnight, waiting for early morning fuel consignments,” a witness was quoted as saying.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
On Monday, militants blew up a section of a gas pipeline near the city of Deir el-Zour in the oil-rich eastern region of Syria, which resulted in the loss of some 1.5 million cubic meters of natural gas.
The militants fighting the Syrian government have repeatedly attacked the country’s oil infrastructure. Last week, the militants said they had seized the al-Tanak oilfield also located in eastern Syria.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of Army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants fighting the Syrian government are foreign nationals.
Several international human rights organizations have accused foreign-sponsored militants of committing war crimes.